Brad Balukjian, ph.d.

Anacapa Island in the Northern Channel Islands



BIOL 62S: The Natural History of the Islands of California

Course and Supplemental Material


Homework Readings and Handouts (click on links)


Week 1: Please read the article below from the journal Bioscience for class on 3/20, and answer the questions handed out in class.

"Natural history's place in science and society," Bioscience ​April, 2014


Homework Questions due 3/20


Course Syllabus


Powerpoint Slides 3/13 Lecture


Week 2: Please read the article below in addition to the textbook reading for class on 3/27.

"Was there a Quaternary land bridge to the Northern Channel Islands?" The California islands: Proceedings of a multidisciplinary symposium, 1980 


Homework Questions due 3/27


Powerpoint Slides 3/20 Lecture


Week 3: 

Powerpoint Slides 3/27 Lecture


Please read the article below in addition to the textbook reading for class on 4/10.

"Contributions to an arthropod inventory of Santa Cruz Island, California," Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist, 2014.


Homework Questions due 4/10


Powerpoint Slides from 4/1 Field Trip to Regional Botanical Garden


4/1 Field Trip Handout: Fill this out to make up the first field trip!


Week 4:

Powerpoint Slides from 4/10 Lecture


Reading for 4/17 Lecture: Gill, Kristina (2016). 10,000 years of geophyte use among the Island Chumash of the Northern Channel Islands. ​Fremontia.


Week 5:

Powerpoint Slides from 4/17 Lecture


Homework Questions due 4/24


Week 6:

Powerpoint Slides from 4/24 Lecture


Homework Questions due 5/1


Week 7:

Powerpoint Slides from 5/1 Lecture


Homework Questions due 5/8


Island Biogeography Papers and Links


Losos, Jonathan B. and Robert E. Ricklefs (2009). Adaptation and diversification on islands. Nature​ 457.


Simberloff, Daniel S. and Edward O. Wilson (1969). Experimental zoogeography of islands: The colonization of empty islands. Ecology 50(2).


Simberloff, Daniel S. and Edward O. Wilson (1970). Experimental zoogeography of islands: A two-year record of colonization. Ecology 51(5).


Whittaker, Robert J. et al. (2008). A general dynamic theory of oceanic island biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 35. 


Channel Islands Papers and Links


Brown, Timothy (1980). The present status of the garter snake on Santa Catalina Island. 


Carter, B. (2015). A checklist of the bryophytes of the California Channel Islands. Madrono.


Channel Islands Naturalist Corps Training Manual: Geology


Cushman, J.H. et al. (2004). Variable effects of feral pig disturbances on native and exotic plants in a California grassland. Ecological Applications.


Drost, C. et al. (In Press). Land mollusks of the southern California Channel Islands: An overview of diversity, populations, and conservation status. 


East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden: Channel Islands Section


Hanna, C. (2015). Floral visitation by the Argentine ant reduces bee visitation and plant seed set. Ecology


Howald, G et al. (2009). Eradication of black rats Rattus rattus from Anacapa Island. Oryx.


Levy, Sharon (2010). Island fox paradox. Bioscience.


Muhs, D. Powerpoint Presentation: The geology of eastern Santa Cruz Island


Muhs, D. et al. (2015). Late Quaternary sea-level history and the antiquity of mammoths (Mammuthus exilis and Mammuthus columbi), Channel Islands

National Park, California, USA. Quaternary Research.


National Park Service. Channel Islands Bird Checklist


National Park Service. Channel Islands Plant Checklist


Parkes, J.P. et al. (2010). Rapid eradication of feral pigs (Sus scrofa) from Santa Cruz Island, California. Biological Conservation. 


Pesendorfer, M. et al. (2014). Stand structure and acorn production of the island scrub oak (Quercus pacifica). Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist.


Power et al. (2014). Native plant recovery in study plots after fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) control on Santa Cruz Island. Monographs of the Western

North American Naturalist.


Power, P. et al. (2014). Restoration of a coastal wetland at Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California. Monographs

of the Western North American Naturalist.


Rick, T.C. et al. (2008). Dogs, humans, and island ecosystems: The distribution, antiquity, and ecology of domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) on California's

Channel Islands, USA. The Holocene.


Riley, Lynn et al. (2016). Narrow water barriers prevent multiple colonizations and limit gene flow among California Channel Islands wild buckwheats

​(Eriogonum: ​Polygonaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society. 


Farallon Islands Papers and Links


Hawk, J.L. (2015). Classification, vegetation-environment relationships, and list of plant communities on Southeast Farallon Island, California. Master's thesis.


Holzman, B.A. and Clark, Q. (2016). Farallon Islands Invasive Plant Inventory


Lee, D.E. et al. (2012). Growth, age at maturity, and age-specific survival of the arboreal salamander (Aneides lugubris) on Southeast Farallon Island, California. Journal of Herpetology


Reilly, S.B. et al. (2015). An integrative approach to phylogeography: investigating the effects of ancient seaways, climate, and historical geology on multi-locus phylogeographic boundaries of the Arboreal Salamander (Aneides lugubris). BMC Evolutionary Biology.


San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex (2003). Farallon Islands NWR bird list.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2013). Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. 


San Francisco Bay Islands Papers and Links


Anderson, P.K. (1960). Ecology and evolution of island populations of salamanders in the San Francisco Bay Region. Ecological Monographs.


East Bay Regional Parks (1976). Brooks Island Regional Shoreline Resource Analysis


East Bay Regional Parks (2017). Brooks Island Regional Preserve Checklist of Wild Plants


Powell, J.A. (2005). A list of observed Lepidoptera on Brooks Island. Unpublished grey paper.