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Research

PROJECTS AND INTERESTS

Conservation Education

We are most interested in exploring the training and preparation of K-12 teachers in environmental literacy, ecological knowledge, and perceptions of real-world issues related to the environment and conservation. Even more so, we are passionate about exploring the land ethic, stewardship, and affinity towards nature that is present in students attending underserved, urban schools.

Learn more about our ongoing project below!

Cal Poly Wild

Education Research Interests:

  • Professional development of teachers

  • Curriculum development and evaluation

  • Visiting scientists in the classroom

  • Practice of inquiry in biology education at the university level

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Urban Wildlife Ecology

Learn more about our ongoing projects below!

Urban Parrot Project

Urban Wildlife Information Network

We are most interested in work relating to population monitoring, particularly involving non-native species, behavior, habitat use through the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques and field surveys, human attitudes and perceptions towards wildlife.

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RESEARCH TEAM

Ortiz Lab

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Adrianna Elihu
Master's Student

Urban Wildlife of the

San Gabriel Valley

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Jennifer Flores
Master's Student

Camera Trapping in the Undergraduate Biology Classroom

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Judy Ly
Undergraduate Student

Mapping Urban Parrot Distributions

 
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Stephanie Zuniga
Undergraduate Student

Social Dominance in Waterfowl

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Isabel Castillo
UndergraduateStudent

Camera Trapping in the Undergraduate Biology Classroom

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If you are interested in working with Dr. Ortiz as an undergraduate or graduate student reach out by email.

Include in your email: information about you, why you are interested in conducting research, and your research interests.

FORMER
RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

Beatriz Martinez-Martin, University of San Diego, Undergraduate

    Project: Avian Insectivores and Diet Availability in South Texas, 2019-2021

 

Angelica Ocaña, University of San Diego, Undergraduate

    Project: Sex Aggregations in White-tailed Deer on South Texas Rangelands, 2019-2020

    Currently: Laboratory Technician, Pharmatech

 

Maxwell Johnson, University of San Diego, Undergraduate

    Project: Establishing a Monitoring Program for Population Estimates of Urban Parrots, 2019

 

Maisy Feeley, University of San Diego, Undergraduate

    Project: Establishing a Monitoring Program for Population Estimates of Urban Parrots, 2019

 

Charlie Daria, University of San Diego, Post-Baccalaureate

    Project: Diet of Introduced Parrots in San Diego, CA, 2018-2019

    Currently: Master's Student, Florida Atlantic University

 

Alexandra Sigg, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Undergraduate

    Project: Impact of Human Disturbance on the Relative Abundance and Diversity of Native and Exotic Avian Species, 2016

 

Oscar Mariscal, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Undergraduate

    Project: Impact of Human Disturbance on the Relative Abundance and Diversity of Native and Exotic Avian Species, 2016