October 6, 2018 – Bernard Field Station, Claremont, CA. First meeting to begin building So Cal Research for Undergrads in Biology (SCRUB) Net an undergraduate ecological research network focused on southern California ecosystems. The meeting was attended by 19 researchers from 14 institutions. The litter decomposition committee is formed to carry out first multi-site research project.
January 22, 2019 – Submission of RCN-UBE NSF incubator grant for the development of the Southern California Undergraduate Terrestrial Ecological Research Network (SCUTER-NET). This proposal was not funded but was given a “Meritorious” rating with encouragement to resubmit.
February 2019 – Litter decomposition experiment begins with PIs and undergraduates at seven cooperating institutions burying litter bags under different types of ground cover.
April 2019 – Litter decomposition bags are retrieved, and sample analysis begins.
May 3, 2019 – Southern California Academy of Sciences. Erin Questad moderated a special session on terrestrial ecology with undergraduate presenters from institutions within the network, highlighting the outstanding and diverse research of these students. Meyer began the session with a talk introducing the network.
November 2019 – Sample analysis of litter bag material and soil samples completed. Data analysis and writing begins.
January 21, 2020 – Submission of RCN-UBE NSF incubator grant for the development of the Research Experiences in Southern California for Undergraduate Ecologists Network (RESCUE-NET). As the name change reflects, the grant activities are not restricted to terrestrial research.
Summer, 2020 – NSF RCN-UBE incubator grant for RESCUE-NET receives funding.
Fall, 2020 – Marty Meyer and steering committee members met multiple times over ZOOM to work on developing the network including designing the initial survey that was sent out to potential participants.
January 5, 2021 – Survey sent out to potential participants to elucidate important aspects of the network that could alleviate barriers to participation and to promote productive and positive outcomes.
May 7, 2021 – Southern California Academy of Sciences. Marty Meyer presents the initial results of the litter decomposition study. “Landscaping matters: decomposition processes in five common habitat types across southern California” at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Meeting. Co-authors were from seven collaborating institutions, G. Vourlitis, E. van der Veen, S. Cangahuala, C. Fissore, J. K. Abraham, A. Wright, E. Wood, D. Vanoverbeke, N. Karnovsky.
May 26, 2021 – Zoom meeting, 26 participants from 21 institutions attended a virtual meeting to learn about and discuss RESCUE-NET.
June 16, 2021 – Zoom discussion of CURES, MURES and MSRPs amongst participants. Fifteen people attended from 11 institutions.
July 7, 2021 – Zoom discussion focused exclusively on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in RESCUE-NET. Eleven faculty from 9 institutions attended the meeting.
July 22, 2021 – Zoom meeting focused on solidifying CUREs, MUREs and MSRPs. Thirteen faculty from 8 institutions attended.
October 30, 2021 – Zoom meeting to discuss the educational research opportunities we would like to implement during the first three years of network. Sixteen faculty from 11 institutions attended.
November 3, 2021 – Five faculty members from 4 institutions participated in a 4 hour workshop provided by AdvanceGeo to develop a Code of Conduct for RESCUE-NET.
January 25, 2022 – RESCUE-NET implementation grant submitted to NSF.
August 1, 2022— RESCUE-NET implementation grant has been funded by NSF for next 5 years.