Proposal

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Introduction

Proposal ID 2015-050
Submitted January 16, 2015
Owner Kiwoonglee
Department Forest Resources, College of
Category Machinery & Research
Funding Status Partially Funded
Metric Score 3.97

Contacts

Primary
  • Name
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  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Shane Kraus
  • Sr. Computing Specialist Lead
  • mmorriso@uw.edu
  • 206-616-5414
  • 352100
Budget
  • Name
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  • Email
  • Phone
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  • Wendy Star
  • School Administrator
  • wkstar@uw.edu
  • 206-685-2047
  • 352100
Dean
  • Name
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  • Email
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  • Lisa Graumlich
  • Dean of the College of the Environment
  • envdean@uw.edu
  • 206-221-0908
  • 352100

Descriptions

Abstract

This proposal aims to further recognize the role that technology, expressed in the form of a wide variety of specialized equipment, can play in fulfilling the needs of graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington as they conduct field based research. By satisfying these needs, we believe that many types of research, currently undertaken at SEFS, will be greatly improved in many ways, mostly to speed the general process of data collection, storage and analysis. Moreover, the acquisition of new technology will help to update outdated equipment that have caused an unusual workload of a few research units especially in the topic of plant ecophysiology. The further intention of this request is to serve as an addition to the natural resource tool kits that were recently acquired at SEFS by means of complementing it with specialized plant physiological and environmental monitoring technology. We are requesting funds to acquire a set of equipment capable of measuring a wide range of ecological variables including soil moisture, temperature, light availability, and most important the collection of physiological plant traits data that is needed to understand key ecosystem processes in the soil-plant-water and climate complex. The fish-eye camera we are requesting will optimize the collection of information on the topic of forest canopy conditions, structure and light distribution. This proposal is organized in a way that each requested equipment is a component of a balanced structure for improving ecophysiology research at SEFS. All students are welcome to use this equipment and they can reserve and check out for field-based data collection. The equipment would be available to students campus-wide and would set the University of Washington students apart by giving them expertise and opportunities for unexpected innovations using these developing technologies.

Category Justification

The proposed equipment will support the ongoing field research, with a strong emphasis on plant physiology, of all graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Environmental and Forest Resources in the College of the Environment and will be available to the whole University of Washington student body. Whether the broad topic is wildlife monitoring or forest ecology, the scope of research among students in this college often includes the collection of information on plant physiology that requires the use of highly specialized equipment that currently possess a very limited availability within many of the research units at SEFS. The lack of new equipment combined with a high demand for its use limits research capacity, and also puts pressure on the one or two labs that currently holds equipment such as the one requested here. An important feature of the proposal is that some of the units will be integrated into the University of Washington’s Pack Forest programs, a location that is an integral training ground for natural resource professionals, scientists, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Yet, the equipment will be utilized in many research and teaching contexts, and will be available to students of all disciplines for field data collection. Most of what we are asking for is a suite of equipment useful to any student or lab group interested in plant physiological processes, ecophysiology and environmental monitoring. The capacity support offered by the solicited equipment is likely to underpin better techniques for understanding ecological processes that are being considered as research topics by a vast groups of students at SEFS. Furthermore, current research agenda of climate change investigation requires a better comprehension of how plants responds to environmental change and fluctuations and a great part of the equipment included in the proposal will likely helps for this purposes. We understand the importance of a collaborative approach when conducting research and one of the main goals of this proposal is to reinforce the spirit of student networking among the highly diverse community of SEFS, by means of sharing equipment use, ways of data management being collected with these and different approaches that can help improve research capacities. Therefore, UW students should have accesses to and be trained to use the latest technology and data collection and management equipment both on campus and when working in rugged remote field locations.

Background

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is composed of students engaging in many disciplines that actively conduct field research as a degree requirement. The techniques used in their field work are often building blocks for professional skills that will contribute to fruitful careers. In recent years, with an increasingly interest on how ecosystems, in particular terrestrial (forests, pastures, grasslands), will respond to a shift in climate, there is a need to understand and re-asses many basic principles of how plants transport water, how they transpire or capture sun light. The ability to collect this information requires using various technologies that also improves professional skills becoming a universal requirement of employment across almost all disciplines. Thus, in order to maintain University of Washington’s rigor and excellence in research and education in environmentally related fields, it is critical that students have access to an array of cutting-edge information management technologies during their academic experience.

One of the most important features of this proposal relies on the fact that today there is a limited capacity for plant physiology equipment among the SEFS community. Consequently, several research units or labs are likely to be benefited with the potential acquisition of the solicited equipment which certainly will help to spread and amplify the scope of research being conducted in our school. With this proposal we are seeking the strengthening of the technological capacity that is needed in many forest and/or ecological studies. We intend for this equipment to provide a standard framework in which i) plant traits data can be rapidly collected and analyzed; ii) information can be used in many disciplines across the range of topics at SEFS; iii) students can share approaches for different ways to gather information. In particular, digital hemispherical photography is a commonly used technique in many forest-related studies to understand several aspects within the ecosystem. We believe that acquiring a new and updated equipment will help to improve the quality of the photos being collected.

Highly detailed equipment such as the LiCor LI-6400, Chlorophyl fluorometer, PMS 615D Pressure Chamber, LAI meter, and SPAD meter, represents valuable tools for assessing key processes in plant communities. For many reasons, the use of such equipment is important to test hypotheses about the complex relationships between plants and its environment including soil, water and climate. One aspect that is worth highlighting is that with a strategic combination of this equipment and the natural resource tool kits (iPads mini, laser range-finders, among others) that are currently being used by many students at SEFS, we believe that a great capacity for conducting novel research in plant physiology could be gained and thus valuable information would be produced for the scientific and general community.

Benefits to Students and the University

The requested equipment will provide a wide range of benefits to the student body and the University of Washington as a whole. Primarily, through the use of these technologies, students will have access to a specialized type of equipment that is currently very limited. Students will benefit greatly by becoming familiar with state of the art for plant physiology data collection during their education, which will later reflect positively through their abilities to contribute to progressive research in ecology, biology, forestry, wildlife science, and many more disciplines.

This grant will help students will become more marketable post-graduating by having experience with advanced data collection methods that would be facilitated by the acquisition of the requested equipment. Clearly, technology has had a great influence on the methods used in forestry, ecology and other plant-related scientific areas, which in turn have led to further development of ecological theory and practice. Therefore, by using the requested technology, new pathways of research could be conducted by developing conceptual models, framing new theories and testing hypotheses. Also, the student technology fee committee has previously funded “Gibson,” which gives students virtual access to high end software. The equipment requested in this proposal would use the Gibson system to facilitate cloud and software access for plant physiology data analyses. Access to this equipment will certainly allow students to produce better research in the field of plant physiology and other related areas within the scope of SEFS activities.

Finally, last year the STF committee funded the “Natural Resources Tool Kits,” a long overdue upgrade for College of the Environment students conducting field research. The tool kits have been a massive success, and were incorporated into plethora research, field trips, field courses and even campus based courses over the past year. This equipment, in addition to being highly specialized for biogeosciences data collection, is a strong compliment to the equipments provided by the tool kits. The combination of these technologies will set apart both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum from many institutions that choose analog and outdated means for familiarizing students, and for student research.

Departmental Endorsements

Student Technology Fee Proposal
Expanding field measurement capacity

Dear STF Review Committee,

I am writing in support of the STF proposal submitted by a group of students in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS). SEFS has a strong tradition and excellence of using technology to measure plant responses to the environment. Our tradition includes using technology in our teaching, and then extending that technology to the collection of data in support of undergraduate and graduate training and research. This proposal targets the acquisition of specialized research equipment that is applicable to a wide range of research topics that both graduate and undergraduate student are pursuing across the College of the Environment. These equipment are state of the art tools and will be relevant to students conducting quality research in coming years.

Additionally, the SEFS Environmental Science and Resource Management program has been growing for the last decade, and we now have over 420 undergraduate students. The vast majority of those students will take 5-10 field course during the undergraduate studies. The equipment requested will be directly applicable for student use in support of the following courses:

ESRM 201 Sustaining Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
ESRM 210 Introduction to Soils
ESRM 304 Environmental and Resource Assessment
ESRM 368 Natural Resource Measurements
ESRM 399 Field Internships
ESRM 401 Spring comes to the Cascades
ESRM 410 Forest Soils and Site Productivity
ESRM 416 Field Studies of Forest Soils
ESRM 425 Ecosystem Management
ESRM 428 Principals of Silviculture
ESRM 478 Plant Ecophysiology
SEFS 501 Forest Community Ecology

The equipment is likely to get the most use in ESRM 304, 428, and 478 and SEFS 501. I teach in most of these classes (accepting ESRM 478) and I know Soo-Hyung Kim and his students would be the biggest beneficiary of much of the ecophysiological equipment request. Our faculty share equipment among instructors but we often find ourselves short a piece of equipment to teach, for example when equipment purchased for a research project is in the field or cannot be used for teaching.

The equipment requested expand on the equipment funded by STF last year. The field measuring equipment (ipads, GPS units, laser, etc.) have been put to good use being a core part of our research and teaching. This equipment has also been a great help to our graduate students who used the tools in data collection and recording through the summer and fall. Your generous support will increase the training of our students in the latest technology. The skills obtained through using this technology is core to their future success in professional fields which is becoming a requirement for employment.

Thank you for considering this proposal in support of our students.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Ettl

Associate Professor and Corkery Family Foundation Chair
Associate Director, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Director, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest
Director, Stand Management Cooperative

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TO: STF Funding Selection Committee 14 January 2014

RE: Proposal from Sustainable Forestry Lab

UW Students working in the SEFS Sustainable Forestry Lab are proposing purchase of several important pieces of equipment for physiological ecology work. These include a Li-6400 for measuring photosynthesis parameters in the field, SPAD, and pressure chambers for measuring water relations of leaves and branches, also in the field.

The instruments requested support physiological ecology research which is a field gaining interest and students across campus. There are never enough field instruments available, especially the LiCor 6400!

Several years ago, students in Biology were successful in obtaining STF funding to purchase a LiCor 6400, and since then have managed its use fairly and successfully for Biology and also for Forestry students. There appear to be 2 other instruments in Forestry, making a total of three. But it also seems that there are many students wishing to be trained in use of the machine, only one or two students knowledgeable, and 10’s of students in a growing cadre both in Biology and Forestry who want to measure photosynthesis using this machine, in the field. Indeed, these students need several new instruments, not just one.

Please consider this letter a strong support of the proposal coming from the Sustainable Forestry Lab. I was asked to support the request by graduate student Kiwoong Lee; I serve on his Ph.D. Supervisory Committee and have good rapport with his lab and others in Forestry. I am sure that funding instrumentation purchases by this lab will support not only their own students, but many others, perhaps my own as well!

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh
Professor of Biology
Box 35-5325 407 Hitchcock Hall Seattle, WA 98195-5325
206.543.6286
lizvanv@uw.edu
http://faculty.washington.edu/lizvanv/

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Installation Timeline

Items will be purchased immediately upon approval and funding. The equipment will be implemented into use for the summer field season 2015 almost immediately. From that point we expect full time usage of all of the equipment by the target audience of approximately 50+ graduate students, and a significant portion of the undergraduate demographic conducting capstone research each quarter.

Resources Provided by Department

The proposed storage facility will be located in Winkenwerder Hall Room 214 and is to be maintained by the School of Forest Resources. When specifically needed some of the equipment will be at Pack Forest at the University of Washington Field Campus. The School of Forest Resources IT team will help with the software needs that many of these equipment require. Specifically, IT services will be working to maintain software needs for computing.

The equipment being requested will require annual maintenance service, infrequent software upgrades, and some (the LiCor LI-6400) will require students and professional staff to be trained by the manufacturer in order to expertly operate and maintain the device. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences will be contributing financial support to meet all of those needs after the equipment is acquired. Several labs will be heavily invested in the use of this equipment, and also courses, thus incentive will be there for the department to provide that support for years to come.

Access Restrictions (if any)

Field equipment will be available to any student in the University of Washington. The equipment will be managed by the Sustainable Forestry Lab at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, through whom requests may be directed. A first come first serve reservation system exists for similar tools and equipment. The requested items will be incorporated into that system. Student researchers will have priority of faculty in reserving this equipment.

Student Endorsements

Dear STF committee,

I want to express how important these tools are going to be for the course of my own and many other graduate student’s research endeavors. These high-precision tools are sparsely available across many universities field biology and plant science programs, and thus are often a bottleneck for resolving researching questions and addressing research problems related to plant ecophysiological questions.

More specifically, I will be able to utilized the LI-6400 for photosynthetic and soil respoiration data. The iButtons will serve as a monitoring base on my most remote field locations where access and security limit the ability to install weather-monitoring systems. The chlorophyl fluorometer will be able to provide real time plant health data, as will the PMS machine. One of the more interesting pieces of equipment is the hemispherical photography assembly consisting of camera, lens, ceptometer, and computer. This will allow us to have technology to assess forest canopies from below, critical for forestry sciences, climate science, and biological sciences dealing with forest structure and/or the light regime on the forest floor.

Finally, I am one of at least 15 graduate students currently sharing the pool of equipment that are similar or outdated versions of the equipment being requested by this grant. Many more graduates are interested in this equipment and many undergrads could certainly beef up the quality of their capstone and independent research projects should they have access.

Sincerely,
Matthew M. Aghai
PhD Student
Sustainable Forestry Lab
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington

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Student Technology Fee Grants Committee
To whom it may concern:

My interests as a PhD student are broad and SEFS facilities including field sites and equipment have helped me to narrow potential lines of investigation. I've been a directly benefited by previous STF grants by having access to novel technology in the field of forest inventory through the use of Laser ranger and iPads mini to foster better approaches when dealing with forest ecology.

This letter serves as a support for this proposal of novel equipment mostly focused in the field of Plant Physiology. Several of the equipment requested here are essential in order to build a solid research platform to understand many important aspects of how plants grow and how they respond to environmental fluctuations. I'm interested especially in the use of the LiCoR 6400 as a way to potentially assess the features and characteristics of different canopy structures in a variety of forests including tropical forests in Venezuela (where I'm focusing part of my research) and other areas of the PNW.

I sincerely hope that this proposal is considered for funding as it also will help build a collaborative framework among SEFS students within different research fields.

Regards,

Emilio Vilanova
Graduate Student
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington
http://faculty.washington.edu/ettl/
http://scholar.google.es/citations?user=JM34isoAAAAJ&hl=es
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emilio_Vilanova

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I am in full support of this STF grant proposal. We, as scientists, all that new technologies always benefit not only ourselves in the current time, but also the future generation coming in a decade. I strongly believe purchasing the instruments listed by the authors will facilitate data collection, improve the quality of our research, give more opportunities to undergraduate students, and encourage them to stay on research field, those of which eventually lead us to step further to the top class level research oriented university in the discipline.

Especially, among the items listed, I am in full support of purchasing LI-6400 Portable Photosynthesis System for SEFS. Although there are a few units in the University, demand for this instrument is always insatiable, so undergraduate students only have very limited access to this essential component for plant or tree physiology research projects. This machine will intrigue them to study plants’ key physiological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration.

-- Hyungmin “Tony” Rho
PhD candidate
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

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9th January 2015
Student Technology Fee Committee
University of Washington
To whom this may concern,

I am writing to support Lee et al.’s grant proposal. Funding their request will benefit the
related research groups, the graduates and undergraduates of the School and
Environmental and Forest Sciences, and a wide range of student bodies among the
University of Washington.

I worked at Pack Forest as a student intern during summer quarter in 2013. From my
experiences, I would defiantly embrace the new technologies. Their advantages shall
greatly enhance the capability and accuracy of data acquisition, save enormous time and
efforts in field research as well. The intend to obtain cut-edge equipment will play a vital
role for researchers gaining a better understanding in plant physiology, which is one of
important concentrations to fulfill the sustainable ecological development objectives. By
providing the access to students, they will have chance to expose themselves to updated
technology and get prepared to meet markets’ needs.

Thank you, for your consideration in providing technology funding regarding the proposal.

Sincerely,
Luyi Li
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences M.S. Student
University of Washington
Luyi108@u.washington.edu, luyi108@hotmail.com
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Dear member of the Student Technology Fee Grants Committee

As a PhD student focusing my research on the topic of agroforestry in Cocoa systems in Ghana I consider this proposal to be of great relevance for me as well for several other students. In my case, the use of a great part of the requested equipment will be focused on assessing different characteristics of Cocoa plants and its environment in several small-scale cultivation systems in a tropical region of Ghana in Central Africa.

Because of the remote nature of the work I am to contuct on plant physiological capabilities, it will be of utmost importance that I have tools of this nature available to me. Currently, I can affirm that I will need to the ceptomoter, the fluorometer, the PMS machine, and several iButtons. I cannot borrow these items as they are currently a long waiting list away from my reach. Further, items like the field vests, fisheye lens and camera, and the LI-6400 are directly pertinent to my responsibilities as a reserach assistant at the UW Sustainable Forestry Lab.

I strongly believe that this grant will also allow many students to have access to a new type of equipment that could help open new fields of research among SEFS community and thus strength the relationship among students and faculty.

I hope this endorsement is useful and this proposal is considered for funding,

Lord Ameyaw
PhD Student
Sustainable Forestry Laboratory
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington
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From Emily Richmond:

University Student Technology Fee Committee,

I am writing to endorse the student technology grant proposal put together by the graduate students in the Sustainable Forestry Lab. As an undergraduate student with no previous field experience trekking through Pack Forest, tools such as the TruPulse 360R and iPad minis accelerated my understanding of how measurements are to be taken in the field. Instead of fumbling over paper and pencil, I was able to feel secure that my data was sent via Bluetooth safely from the lasers onto the iPads. It not only gave me the opportunity to collect more data in a given day but also served as an accurate reference when using the clinometer, compass, logging tapes, etc. Those tools are still an essential part of field mensuration, only now we can double check our calculations thus improving on the basic field skills. I am fortunate enough to have had access to these tools early in my career; the availability of such equipment across campus will encourage other students to explore these research tools and become interested in forestry and its applications.

Sincerely,

Emily Richmond
Undergraduate Student
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington
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From Holly Mouser

Student Technology Fee Committee,
As a former Pack Forest intern, I can attest to the utility of current technology in forest management practices. The iPads granted to the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in 2014 were introduced to the interns to aid in field work about halfway through our work assignment. Having access to the iPads and the other new, current forestry tools aided in the efficiency of our work and boosted the accuracy of data collection. The addition of modern tree physiology tools and software would greatly benefit research groups within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences by giving researchers access to state-of-the-art technologies.

Holly Mouser
Undergraduate student – Sustainable Forest Management
University of Washington
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From Jennifer Hsiao
Dear STF Committee,
My name is Jennifer Hsiao, and I am a student at SEFS pursuing a Master's of Science degree. I am writing to support this application for funding a field tool kit for the students of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. This equipment will play a vital role in furthering both students' research as well as training the next generation of biologists and foresters in cutting edge techniques.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Hsiao
Graduate Student - University of Washington
MS in Environmental Horticulture

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From Amita Banerjee

STF Committee,
I am Amita Banerjee a graduate student in SEFS. I writing in order to show my support for the application of STF grant proposal.
The instruments would be extremely useful in understanding and obtaining a wide range of elcological data accurately. Currently I work on studying photosynthesis in corn and bean plants and use statistical models to understand the variation of photosynthesis under a variety of ecological conditions.
The instruments would be highly beneficial for my work especially the LICOR 6400xt, SPAD, Fluorometer, soil pH and moisture sensors.I would like to stress again how much these instruments would help the scientists in SEFS to further their research accurately.

Sincerely,
Amita Banerjee
PhD Student

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Dear Student Technology Fee Committee,

I strongly support this proposal to acquire several new instruments including LI-COR LI-6400XT, SPAD meter, fluorometer, ceptometer, pressure bomb, and soil chamber. These are essential for any plant physiological researches undergone in University of Washington, even not only in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I have seen many students seeking these instruments for their research and classroom projects almost every quarter, but their requirements could not be always met due to competitive needs from others. The grant for this proposal would definitely help research and coursework of those students.

Kyungdahm Yun
PhD Student
Plant Ecophysiology Research Lab
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington

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Dear STF Committee,

In support of extending the STF grant, I voice my support for the availability of technology to aid students in their research. As a graduate student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington, the SEFS technology field kit was used for measuring topography and hydrology points of interest in a restoration site on campus, Kincaid Ravine. My capstone project for the Masters in Environmental Horticulture includes restoring this ecologically degraded 4 acre campus forest and documenting the physical layout of the ravine. Waypoints gathered with the GPS were taken to be used in a GIS layer map. Slope data and tree characteristics will be used in excel data sheets. This kit helped me perform my research and I hope these type of opportunities can continue to be available to students.

Sincerely,
Matt Schwartz
Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator
Master of Environmental Horticulture, Candidate
University of Washington

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To the University Student Technology Fee Committee:

My name is Jessica Tupper, and I am a fourth year concurrent graduate student in the Evans School of Public Affairs and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

For my research, I am evaluating nutria (Myocastor coypus) bait preferences in Washington state. It will also be the first formal test on bait attractiveness for nutria in the Pacific Northwest. There is minimal primary research on nutria in Washington state, making this research part of the baseline knowledge for future control and study efforts. My field site is North Creek Park, an 81-acre wetland site in Mill Creek, one of the more active nutria sites in our region. Over the last month, I installed forty motion-sensing cameras within the marsh to detect both activity and nutria preferences.

During my research, I used the SEFS field kit widely to record my installations via video, photo, and GPS/ArcGIS. I was able to record new burrows that appeared, camera direction, and snapshots of each area’s microhabitat. Having access to the iPad streamlined my work efforts in a way that would not have been nearly as easy otherwise.

Building a repository of research equipment for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is one of the most necessary tools for growing student-based research. Without the ability to rent high quality equipment on campus, students are dependent on grant applications which may have longer cycles than their entire planned time in school. Furthermore, such equipment is regularly used in most wildlife research studies, both in the classroom and in the field. This equipment will be shared to expand our native animal knowledge after my research is finished, and train undergraduates in equipment use without waiting for grants.

Please support the SEFS undergraduate and graduate students with the Student Technology Fee, as we are excited for the opportunity to expand our research on and off campus.

Best regards,

Jessica Tupper
MS student, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
MPA student, Evans School of Public Affairs
Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate student, Foster School of Business

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To the University Student Technology Fee Committee,

My name is Audrey Riddell, and I am a senior undergraduate student studying sustainable forest management. This past summer, three other students and I worked at Pack Forest taking inventory of a large number of tree plots. This process was time consuming, but was made much more convenient when we were given tablets to use in the field towards the end of our internship. Having previously relied on paper and pencils to record our data, these tablets were a huge time saver. Not only were we able to use them to track our GPS location in relation to the plots we were seeking out, but we could input our measurements directly into an excel spreadsheet on the tablet, eliminating the hours spent transcribing hand-written notes into Excel on our office computers.
The use of tablets and other technology in the field has been incredibly helpful for us students, and I fully support further efforts made to expand the use of technology in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Sincerely,

Audrey Riddell

ESRM Sustainable Forest Management Student
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington

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“I am a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, studying plant-microbe symbiotic relationships. I specifically use diazotrophic endophytes to inoculate rice and corn plants to investigate the symbiotic relationship between endophytes and host plants. Diazotrophic endophytes can modulate basic plant physiological processes such as photosynthesis, hormonal system, and possibly plant defense system in the host plants. In addition, they can fix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available to the host plants to utilize. I frequently use LiCor 6400, Fluorometer, and SPAD for my research projects. I am writing in support of the application acquiring LiCor 6400, Fluorometer, and SPAD in our school (Dr. Gregory Ettl Lab). The acquisition of these instruments in our school (Dr. Gregory Ettl Lab) would directly benefit my research. I eagerly look forward to having more of these instruments in our school so that they are always available when needed.”

-Shyam Kandel
Graduate Student
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Items

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Plant Ecophysiology Instrument

SPAD meter

$2,595.00 1 $2,595.00
Description

The SPAD 502 Plus Chlorophyll Meter instantly measures chlorophyll content or “greenness” of your plants to reduce the risk of yield-limiting deficiencies or costly overfertilizing. The SPAD 502 Plus quantifies subtle changes or trends in plant health long before they’re visible to the human eye. Non-invasive measurement; simply clamp the meter over leafy tissue, and receive an indexed chlorophyll content reading (-9.9 to 199.9) in less than 2 seconds. Assess nitrogen needs by comparing in-field SPAD readings to university guidelines or to adequately fertilized reference strips. Research shows a strong correlation between SPAD measurements and leaf N content.

Instantly measures chlorophyll content or “greenness” of your plants on a scale of -9.9 to 199.9
Non-invasive, non-destructive measurement
Trend graph stores and displays up to 30 measurements
Waterproof design
Compare in-field SPAD readings to university guidelines
Research shows a strong correlation between SPAD measurements and leaf N content
Available with or without a built-in data logger
Includes hard carrying case and batteries

Justification

SPAD will provide easy and really quick measurements (3 seconds for one measurement) for chlorophyll and nitrogen contents of plant materials.

SPAD is portable and easy to carry, so this tool can be used in greenhouse experiments and field research as well.

This tool is critical in assessment of plant physiological condition and is a rapid sampling device. That is particularly important when you have a high number of samples (most student researchers have thousands of plants in need of sampling). This tool will expedite the time needed to sample and provide accurate publishable results.

LICOR LI-6400XT Portable Photosynthesis System

$52,500.00 1 $52,500.00
Description

The LI-COR 6400 (LI-6400) utilizes gas exchange principles to measure the photosynthesis rates of plants. Net photosynthesis rates are expressed as rates of CO2 uptake (umolCO2 m-2 s-1). Gas exchange in the LI-COR 6400 is measured in an open-mode design.

The hardware of the sytem is the console and the leaf chamber (the sensor head). The leaf chamber has tightly sealed gaskets that do not interact with H2O or CO2, nor are deformed excessively by the leaf midribs. It also houses a PAR light sensor parallel to the leaf plane, a thermocouple, and a speed- variable mixing fan. The sensor head encloses a leaf surface of up to 6 cm2 and has integrated sensors for monitoring light, temperature, H2O and CO2 levels.

Many other features of this device could be listed, however, it would literally take pages. We emplore you to take a look at the link below for further information. This is a highly versatile instrument.

http://www.licor.com/env/products/photosynthesis/

Justification

This instrument will provide accurate measurements of photosynthesis, water use efficiency, and soil respiration, and many other highly specialized and precise physiological metrics. It is one of the most published instruments of all time in these measurement categories. It is highly precise, highly accurate, and applicable across a variety of field sciences. Having this tool adds to the quality of the reserach curriculum regarding any plant sciences.

This device is especially critical for research on plant physiological mechanism and plants’ responses to stress and climate change. It can also be adapted to measuring soil respiration, insect respiration, and much more.

This device can be also used for lab session of certain classes such as Plant ecophysiology (SEFS 478) since the number of this device is not sufficient for the classes.

Chlorophyl Fluorometer

$2,495.00 1 $2,495.00
Description

A hand-held research grade modulated chlorophyll fluorometer with color graphic display and direct read out of the dark adapted FV/FM,
FV/FO, and advanced OJIP parameters. Advanced Strasser protocol OJIP parameters such as PIABS, MO, Vj, Area, and others, are displayed along with fluorescence traces on the instrument color screen. Traces and all of the Strasser protocol parameters are also recorded in a data file, and may be output by USB port for future analysis. The data file allows easy creation of overlaid OJIP traces, and spider graphs of parameters.

Justification

Using Fluorometer, students can measure fluorescence that is an indicate of the degree of stress of plants.

The fluorometer is also a handy, portable, and reliable tool, besides it provides accurate, easy, and time saving quick measurement.

Plant Moisture Systems Model 615D

$3,280.00 1 $3,280.00
Description

The instrument consists of a pressure chamber fueled by gas (typically nitrogen), and several control valves. Plant material sits in the gasket and pressure is controlled and calculated while the observer watches for moisture to be forced through the xylem. Values are displayed digitally in the unit "Bars" of pressure. A variety of plant material can be tested here from stems, to leaves, to leaflets. The assembly we are requesting comes with all the tools needed to perform desired functions.

Justification

The PMS instruements is used by many agroforestry professionals and researchers ranging from use in crop systems, tree production, as well as environmental monitoring. This tool will provide plant eco-hydrological information, and the degree of individual plant’s water status. Students can measure the water potential of plant using this tool, and have better understandings of how plants respond to environmental conditions in terms of physiological mechanism. Knowing the PMS level is useful only if it can be related to a physiological or growth process of the particular plant. For example, an important level is the PMS at which photosynthesis begins to be inhibited, or the PMS level which results in a reduced yield per acre for a particular crop.

Integrated Fluorometer

$24,850.00 0 $0.00
Description

The iFL system gives plant scientists a research grade photosynthesis system combined with a uniquely powerful, pulse modulated fluorometer. THis is a fully portable system allowing for the most precision in chlorophyl fluoresence measurement techonolgy.

Several hours of automated experimentation can be initiated with one press of the screen. For example a complete Laisk protocol may be performed together with post processing, directly followed by automated experiments to measure gm and Cc including A/Cc curves. The highly power efficient iFL operates continuously from a single battery charge for up to 8 hours.

The iFL is the first plant physiology system to measure leaf absorptance, leaf transmittance and chamber leakage (Flexas protocol), automatically removing any errors that these variable factors could introduce.

As well as providing the ‘standard’ photosynthesis parameters of photosynthesis rate, transpiration rate, stomatal conductance and intercellular CO2, the iFL offers additional parameters including:

?*: CO2 compensation point
Rd: CO2 respiration in the light
(by Laisk, Kok or Yin protocols)
Flexas chamber leakage protocol
Leaf absorptance
Leaf transmittance
gm: Mesophyll conductance
Cc: CO2 at site of carboxylation
A/Cc curves
J: Electron transport rate
Fluorescence stress tests including: Fv/Fm, Yield Y (II)
with multiflash, quenching tests and rapid light curves

Justification

This is a brand new peice of technology developed by OPTISCI. Recently, at the International Union of Forestry Reserach Organizations (IUFRO) world congress, 2014, our Lab was apporached by optisci to demo this tool in our research. They are offereing it at a 50% discount for the duration of 2015, and we hope STF will help us acquire this instrument. The prelimiary research and testing thats been done with this isntrument in the private sector has shown it to be a more compact and more time efficient unit than the notorius LI6400. Also, it has additional features that have never been available to plant scientists like the ability to meaures leaf absorptance, leaf transmittance and chamber leakage, and automatically remove variability durring that process. THis machine would be supremely useful to remote or wilderness sampling, for example in sensitive areas like the alpine environments of the Cascades.

AM300 Portable leaf area meter

$7,415.00 1 $7,415.00
Description

Non-destructive measurement of whole leaf area, and areas with leaf disease provides confidence that a proper field measurement is made, and it allows storage of the high resolution image in a permanent record.
Highly portable with battery, carrying handle, and carrying bag
Download images and data to a PC
Unique leaf imaging feature
Stores image and data together
OPTI-SCIENCES BioScientif c Ltd.????The AM 300 - Unique imaging feature provides greater measuring confidence and a permanent image record
Field Portable - 3000 measurements per battery recharge - Easy to Use

Justification

This highly protable device will revolutionize a measurement that takes a significant portion of field time. It will be useful not only to forestry sciences, but to any student working in the plant sciences that needs to calculate LAI. LAI is a critical measurement as it is an expression of plant photosynthetic capability, plant architecture, and has implications on water relations.

Environmental Monitoring

Ceptometer (Accupar LP-80)

$3,350.00 1 $3,350.00
Description

The Accupar ceptometer made by Decagon devices in Pullman, WA is a state of the art light sensor designed specifically for the plant sciences. Applicable in any light environment, this device has a series of sensors along a meter long unit, and is able to take real-time readings of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR). The AccuPAR also uses radiation measurements and other parameters to accurately calculate leaf area index (LAI) non-destructively in real time, in the field. The included external PAR sensor can be used to make simultaneous above- and below-canopy PAR measurements. Using both the external sensor and the AccuPAR together allows you to get accurate PAR and LAI data in clear, partly cloudy, or overcast sky conditions.

Justification

This device a lightweight, portable, linear photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensor. This Ceptometer will allow students to measure canopy PAR interception at any location within a plant or forest canopy. The AccuPAR also uses radiation measurements and other parameters to accurately calculate leaf area index (LAI) non-destructively in real time, in the field. It is applicable to a variety of fields of stud at the UW, including crop science, plant genetics, any type of field work with canopy modeling, and much more. It can even be used for geochemical science to examine light as an independent feature.

iButtons

$79.99 200 $15,998.00
Description

This is a reliable, flexible, highly portable and low-cost data logger for temperature and humidity readings with excellent battery life (273 hrs). It is programable to measure in any increment during its battery life, and it is fully reusable, reliable, precise, and quite hardy.

Justification

These iButtons are at the forefront of environmental monitoring technology. They can capture temperature and relative humidity data at various intervals for long periods of time in the most extreme remote locations if need be. They are also practical for greenhouse work, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or any other application that requires temp and RH data. Basically you can place these tiny buttons in any relevant way to capture the information needed, and simply download it and reset the device for more data as needed. This devices are really useful to measure micro-environmental conditions where we cannot install environmental data stations due to geographical and topographical reasons.

iButton Thermodata viewer package

$106.00 1 $106.00
Description

Software, connectors, adaptors and other items relevant to upload/download iButton data as well as maintenance.

Justification

This package comes with the software and the devices that would allow us to use the iButtons.

HydroSense Display and Sensor

$970.00 1 $970.00
Description

The HS2 is the handheld display for the new Hydrosense II soil-water sensor. When paired with either the CS658 or CS659 portable soil-water probes, it replaces the previous Hydrosense soil-water system. It features a new handheld display and a new probe design. The HS2 handheld has been designed to be compact and portable, with the layout of the buttons allowing for operation with one hand.

The display consists of a three-inch LCD and four navigation buttons that make changing settings and taking measurements as easy as possible. An integrated GPS tags each measurement with a latitude and longitude.

Zones can be created on the unit which group measurements together so that average soil moisture can be calculated for an area. The current position and zone are shown on the display so that measurements can be taken in the same zone.

Data storage has been added to allow more than 1000 measurements to be stored on the device. The data can then be downloaded to a PC via Bluetooth for viewing and archiving.

The soil moisture probe uses the same accurate measurement technique as the old probe, but the probe housing has been redesigned to aid insertion into and removal from hard soils. The probe rods are secured to the probe housing with ferrule nuts to provide extra stability during insertion. A molded plastic grip connects the sensor cable to housing to provide better grip.

Justification

This tool is a portable, handheld device for easily obtaining soil measurements.
This tool will let students measure soil volumetric water contents at any locations and provide convenient and easy measurements.
This tool can be integrated GPS receiver for tagging measurements.
Applicable to a variety of disciplines in the biogesciences.

Nikon D90 DSLR Camera

$1,199.00 1 $1,199.00
Description

Newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System
Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 6400 equivalent
Incorporates Nikon's comprehensive digital image-processing EXPEED concept
The world's first D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the new Face Detection System
Live View enables face priority AF with the 3-in., approx. 920k-dot, high-density color LCD featuring 170° ultra-wide viewing angle
Picture Control System offers new Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors
Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting
Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
Viewfinder with approx. 96% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 19.5 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)
Advanced Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and Picture Control settings for superior image quality
Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Distortion Control, Straighten and Fisheye
4.5 fps continuous shooting and quick response of 0.15-second start-up and 65-ms shutter release time lag (CIPA standard)
Built-in flash with 18mm lens coverage and Nikon's original i-TTL flash control that commands Advanced Wireless Lighting
Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 850 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, with 50% of pictures taken with flash)
Versatile Pictmotion menu that creates slideshows combining five choices of both background music and image effects
Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80 extends shooting capability and enables use of six R6/AA-size batteries
Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
Optional photo-editing software, Capture NX 2 allows users quick and easy photo editing
Lightweight compact body

Justification

This camera is the ideal base for a hemispherical photograpy system. Hemispherical photography aims to determine various canopy architecture, solar radiation, photon flux, PAR, LAI, and many more measurements. The system is two-fold as a circular fisheye lens is attached the camera body and the photographs are taken vertically (either up or down) into the canopy. These images are then processed with specialized computer software and precision image display. Once processed the useful values improve research quality due to their level of inference.

This camera has been used by several major publications to conduct the measurements that are often done using analog or outdated digital means at UW. It would be nice to upgrade and be able to allow student researchers the ability to have quality equipment and thus more quality data.

Sigma Circular Fisheye lens 8mm

$1,230.00 1 $1,230.00
Description

Circular Fisheye lens with unique perspective
180 degrees angle of view for exaggerated close ups
Carrying Case, front/rear caps & front adapter ring
Specialized for this type of research and nature photography

Justification

This camera lens is the ideal base for a hemispherical photograpy system. Hemispherical photography aims to determine various canopy architecture, solar radiation, photon flux, PAR, LAI, and many more measurements. The system is two-fold as a circular fisheye lens is attached the camera body and the photographs are taken vertically (either up or down) into the canopy. These images are then processed with specialized computer software and precision image display. Once processed the useful values improve research quality due to their level of inference.

This lens has been used by several major publications to conduct the measurements that are often done using analog or outdated digital means at UW. It would be nice to upgrade and be able to allow student researchers the ability to have quality equipment and thus more quality data.

Soil pH and moisture sensors

$251.00 1 $251.00
Description

This tool measures pH values from 3.5 to 8, soil moisture from 0 to 100%.
This tool doesn't need chemical, distilled water, or outside electric power source.

Justification

Soil pH and moisture sensor is portable and easy to measure soil pH and moisture.
This tool will provide numerous readings that can be easily taken over a large area.

Soil auger

$659.00 1 $659.00
Description

This soil auger collects representative specimens to assess the nutrient content, composition, acidity and pH levels of soils with the best selection of soil sampling.
This tool help collect uniform samples in smooth, rocky, wet, or dry conditions.

Justification

Soil auger will be used to collect soil sample from shallow to even deep soil.
Also, this soil auger will provide easy and convenient soil sampling even from mud type soils.

Stainless Steel Mesh Sieve Set

$149.00 1 $149.00
Description

These sieves feature stainless steel mesh and steel frames. The set of six sieves includes the following mesh sizes: 5 (4,000 micron), 10 (2,000 micron), 35 (500 micron), 60 (250 micron), 120 (125 micron), and 230 (63 micron).

Justification

Soil Sieve set is needed for analysis of soil texture, soil carbon & nitrogen contents.

Data Processing

Apple iMac Computer

$2,499.00 1 $2,499.00
Description

This desktop provides a 4GHZ processor, up to 3.5 teraflops of graphics computing power, and up to 20Gbps thunderbolt bandwith. It also has a high resolution visual display.

Justification

This Apple and therefore OSX based system is integral in tying together the above requested technologies with iPads and other computing systems already in place among several labs in SEFS.

The high capacity processing power will be integral in data downloading and processing from many of the above listed equipments. Additionally, the graphics will be extremely relevant when processing images acquired from hemispherical photography. Currently one of the limits to this technology is the requirement of a precision monitor with high pixel counts – this is due to the analysis which requires mostly manual categorization of pixels for analysis.

Protective Gear

Vests

$599.50 0 $0.00
Description

Quality cruiser vests feature a flagging dispensing grommet, lanyard grommets, all-steel snaps, pocket gussets and ten roomy pockets. Pockets include one outside pen/pencil breast pocket, one compass breast pocket, three roomy front pockets with Velcro® closures, two large inside pockets with Velcro® closures, a two-pocket knapsack and a hidden zippered map pocket. Both the knapsack and map pockets feature a heavy, 1000 denier Cordura® nylon reinforcement layer sewn at the bottom. Made of 100% pre-shrunk Cotton Duck fabric, these heavy-duty vests will stand up to most anything. Fabric is mildew-resistant.

Justification

Vests are used mainly for students who work in the field. Also, a prime use will be for students working as interns or for undergraduate credit and experience.
Previous vests are mostly worn out and do not have enough pockets which are useful to put small equipment for field measurements like DBH tape, compass, map, pens, clinometer, etc.
Orange color vests are essential for field work at pack since there are hunting seasons, and we need to carry lots of small measurement tools.

Total requested: $135,967.00

Total funded: $94,696.00

Group Funded Item Change in Unit price Change in Quantity Change in Subtotal
Environmental Monitoring

iButtons

$10.00 -96 -$6,639.04
Description

This is a reliable, flexible, highly portable and low-cost data logger for temperature and humidity readings with excellent battery life (273 hrs). It is programable to measure in any increment during its battery life, and it is fully reusable, reliable, precise, and quite hardy.

Justification

These iButtons are at the forefront of environmental monitoring technology. They can capture temperature and relative humidity data at various intervals for long periods of time in the most extreme remote locations if need be. They are also practical for greenhouse work, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or any other application that requires temp and RH data. Basically you can place these tiny buttons in any relevant way to capture the information needed, and simply download it and reset the device for more data as needed. This devices are really useful to measure micro-environmental conditions where we cannot install environmental data stations due to geographical and topographical reasons.

Environmental Monitoring

iButtons (DS1921G-F5#)

$21.99 300 $6,597.00
Description

This is a reliable, flexible, highly portable and low-cost data logger for temperature readings with excellent battery life (273 hrs). It is programable to measure in any increment during its battery life, and it is fully reusable, reliable, precise, and quite hardy.

Justification

These iButtons are at the forefront of environmental monitoring technology. They can capture temperature and relative humidity data at various intervals for long periods of time in the most extreme remote locations if need be. They are also practical for greenhouse work, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or any other application that requires temp and RH data. Basically you can place these tiny buttons in any relevant way to capture the information needed, and simply download it and reset the device for more data as needed. This devices are really useful to measure micro-environmental conditions where we cannot install environmental data stations due to geographical and topographical reasons.

Supplemental request: -$42.04

Deicision: Funded

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Plant Ecophysiology Instrument

SPAD meter

$2,595.00 1 $2,595.00
Description

The SPAD 502 Plus Chlorophyll Meter instantly measures chlorophyll content or “greenness” of your plants to reduce the risk of yield-limiting deficiencies or costly overfertilizing. The SPAD 502 Plus quantifies subtle changes or trends in plant health long before they’re visible to the human eye. Non-invasive measurement; simply clamp the meter over leafy tissue, and receive an indexed chlorophyll content reading (-9.9 to 199.9) in less than 2 seconds. Assess nitrogen needs by comparing in-field SPAD readings to university guidelines or to adequately fertilized reference strips. Research shows a strong correlation between SPAD measurements and leaf N content.

Instantly measures chlorophyll content or “greenness” of your plants on a scale of -9.9 to 199.9
Non-invasive, non-destructive measurement
Trend graph stores and displays up to 30 measurements
Waterproof design
Compare in-field SPAD readings to university guidelines
Research shows a strong correlation between SPAD measurements and leaf N content
Available with or without a built-in data logger
Includes hard carrying case and batteries

Justification

SPAD will provide easy and really quick measurements (3 seconds for one measurement) for chlorophyll and nitrogen contents of plant materials.

SPAD is portable and easy to carry, so this tool can be used in greenhouse experiments and field research as well.

This tool is critical in assessment of plant physiological condition and is a rapid sampling device. That is particularly important when you have a high number of samples (most student researchers have thousands of plants in need of sampling). This tool will expedite the time needed to sample and provide accurate publishable results.

LICOR LI-6400XT Portable Photosynthesis System

$52,500.00 1 $52,500.00
Description

The LI-COR 6400 (LI-6400) utilizes gas exchange principles to measure the photosynthesis rates of plants. Net photosynthesis rates are expressed as rates of CO2 uptake (umolCO2 m-2 s-1). Gas exchange in the LI-COR 6400 is measured in an open-mode design.

The hardware of the sytem is the console and the leaf chamber (the sensor head). The leaf chamber has tightly sealed gaskets that do not interact with H2O or CO2, nor are deformed excessively by the leaf midribs. It also houses a PAR light sensor parallel to the leaf plane, a thermocouple, and a speed- variable mixing fan. The sensor head encloses a leaf surface of up to 6 cm2 and has integrated sensors for monitoring light, temperature, H2O and CO2 levels.

Many other features of this device could be listed, however, it would literally take pages. We emplore you to take a look at the link below for further information. This is a highly versatile instrument.

http://www.licor.com/env/products/photosynthesis/

Justification

This instrument will provide accurate measurements of photosynthesis, water use efficiency, and soil respiration, and many other highly specialized and precise physiological metrics. It is one of the most published instruments of all time in these measurement categories. It is highly precise, highly accurate, and applicable across a variety of field sciences. Having this tool adds to the quality of the reserach curriculum regarding any plant sciences.

This device is especially critical for research on plant physiological mechanism and plants’ responses to stress and climate change. It can also be adapted to measuring soil respiration, insect respiration, and much more.

This device can be also used for lab session of certain classes such as Plant ecophysiology (SEFS 478) since the number of this device is not sufficient for the classes.

Chlorophyl Fluorometer

$2,495.00 1 $2,495.00
Description

A hand-held research grade modulated chlorophyll fluorometer with color graphic display and direct read out of the dark adapted FV/FM,
FV/FO, and advanced OJIP parameters. Advanced Strasser protocol OJIP parameters such as PIABS, MO, Vj, Area, and others, are displayed along with fluorescence traces on the instrument color screen. Traces and all of the Strasser protocol parameters are also recorded in a data file, and may be output by USB port for future analysis. The data file allows easy creation of overlaid OJIP traces, and spider graphs of parameters.

Justification

Using Fluorometer, students can measure fluorescence that is an indicate of the degree of stress of plants.

The fluorometer is also a handy, portable, and reliable tool, besides it provides accurate, easy, and time saving quick measurement.

Plant Moisture Systems Model 615D

$3,280.00 1 $3,280.00
Description

The instrument consists of a pressure chamber fueled by gas (typically nitrogen), and several control valves. Plant material sits in the gasket and pressure is controlled and calculated while the observer watches for moisture to be forced through the xylem. Values are displayed digitally in the unit "Bars" of pressure. A variety of plant material can be tested here from stems, to leaves, to leaflets. The assembly we are requesting comes with all the tools needed to perform desired functions.

Justification

The PMS instruements is used by many agroforestry professionals and researchers ranging from use in crop systems, tree production, as well as environmental monitoring. This tool will provide plant eco-hydrological information, and the degree of individual plant’s water status. Students can measure the water potential of plant using this tool, and have better understandings of how plants respond to environmental conditions in terms of physiological mechanism. Knowing the PMS level is useful only if it can be related to a physiological or growth process of the particular plant. For example, an important level is the PMS at which photosynthesis begins to be inhibited, or the PMS level which results in a reduced yield per acre for a particular crop.

Integrated Fluorometer

$24,850.00 0 $0.00
Description

The iFL system gives plant scientists a research grade photosynthesis system combined with a uniquely powerful, pulse modulated fluorometer. THis is a fully portable system allowing for the most precision in chlorophyl fluoresence measurement techonolgy.

Several hours of automated experimentation can be initiated with one press of the screen. For example a complete Laisk protocol may be performed together with post processing, directly followed by automated experiments to measure gm and Cc including A/Cc curves. The highly power efficient iFL operates continuously from a single battery charge for up to 8 hours.

The iFL is the first plant physiology system to measure leaf absorptance, leaf transmittance and chamber leakage (Flexas protocol), automatically removing any errors that these variable factors could introduce.

As well as providing the ‘standard’ photosynthesis parameters of photosynthesis rate, transpiration rate, stomatal conductance and intercellular CO2, the iFL offers additional parameters including:

?*: CO2 compensation point
Rd: CO2 respiration in the light
(by Laisk, Kok or Yin protocols)
Flexas chamber leakage protocol
Leaf absorptance
Leaf transmittance
gm: Mesophyll conductance
Cc: CO2 at site of carboxylation
A/Cc curves
J: Electron transport rate
Fluorescence stress tests including: Fv/Fm, Yield Y (II)
with multiflash, quenching tests and rapid light curves

Justification

This is a brand new peice of technology developed by OPTISCI. Recently, at the International Union of Forestry Reserach Organizations (IUFRO) world congress, 2014, our Lab was apporached by optisci to demo this tool in our research. They are offereing it at a 50% discount for the duration of 2015, and we hope STF will help us acquire this instrument. The prelimiary research and testing thats been done with this isntrument in the private sector has shown it to be a more compact and more time efficient unit than the notorius LI6400. Also, it has additional features that have never been available to plant scientists like the ability to meaures leaf absorptance, leaf transmittance and chamber leakage, and automatically remove variability durring that process. THis machine would be supremely useful to remote or wilderness sampling, for example in sensitive areas like the alpine environments of the Cascades.

AM300 Portable leaf area meter

$7,415.00 1 $7,415.00
Description

Non-destructive measurement of whole leaf area, and areas with leaf disease provides confidence that a proper field measurement is made, and it allows storage of the high resolution image in a permanent record.
Highly portable with battery, carrying handle, and carrying bag
Download images and data to a PC
Unique leaf imaging feature
Stores image and data together
OPTI-SCIENCES BioScientif c Ltd.????The AM 300 - Unique imaging feature provides greater measuring confidence and a permanent image record
Field Portable - 3000 measurements per battery recharge - Easy to Use

Justification

This highly protable device will revolutionize a measurement that takes a significant portion of field time. It will be useful not only to forestry sciences, but to any student working in the plant sciences that needs to calculate LAI. LAI is a critical measurement as it is an expression of plant photosynthetic capability, plant architecture, and has implications on water relations.

Environmental Monitoring

Ceptometer (Accupar LP-80)

$3,350.00 1 $3,350.00
Description

The Accupar ceptometer made by Decagon devices in Pullman, WA is a state of the art light sensor designed specifically for the plant sciences. Applicable in any light environment, this device has a series of sensors along a meter long unit, and is able to take real-time readings of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR). The AccuPAR also uses radiation measurements and other parameters to accurately calculate leaf area index (LAI) non-destructively in real time, in the field. The included external PAR sensor can be used to make simultaneous above- and below-canopy PAR measurements. Using both the external sensor and the AccuPAR together allows you to get accurate PAR and LAI data in clear, partly cloudy, or overcast sky conditions.

Justification

This device a lightweight, portable, linear photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensor. This Ceptometer will allow students to measure canopy PAR interception at any location within a plant or forest canopy. The AccuPAR also uses radiation measurements and other parameters to accurately calculate leaf area index (LAI) non-destructively in real time, in the field. It is applicable to a variety of fields of stud at the UW, including crop science, plant genetics, any type of field work with canopy modeling, and much more. It can even be used for geochemical science to examine light as an independent feature.

iButtons

$89.99 104 $9,358.96
Description

This is a reliable, flexible, highly portable and low-cost data logger for temperature and humidity readings with excellent battery life (273 hrs). It is programable to measure in any increment during its battery life, and it is fully reusable, reliable, precise, and quite hardy.

Justification

These iButtons are at the forefront of environmental monitoring technology. They can capture temperature and relative humidity data at various intervals for long periods of time in the most extreme remote locations if need be. They are also practical for greenhouse work, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or any other application that requires temp and RH data. Basically you can place these tiny buttons in any relevant way to capture the information needed, and simply download it and reset the device for more data as needed. This devices are really useful to measure micro-environmental conditions where we cannot install environmental data stations due to geographical and topographical reasons.

iButton Thermodata viewer package

$106.00 1 $106.00
Description

Software, connectors, adaptors and other items relevant to upload/download iButton data as well as maintenance.

Justification

This package comes with the software and the devices that would allow us to use the iButtons.

HydroSense Display and Sensor

$970.00 1 $970.00
Description

The HS2 is the handheld display for the new Hydrosense II soil-water sensor. When paired with either the CS658 or CS659 portable soil-water probes, it replaces the previous Hydrosense soil-water system. It features a new handheld display and a new probe design. The HS2 handheld has been designed to be compact and portable, with the layout of the buttons allowing for operation with one hand.

The display consists of a three-inch LCD and four navigation buttons that make changing settings and taking measurements as easy as possible. An integrated GPS tags each measurement with a latitude and longitude.

Zones can be created on the unit which group measurements together so that average soil moisture can be calculated for an area. The current position and zone are shown on the display so that measurements can be taken in the same zone.

Data storage has been added to allow more than 1000 measurements to be stored on the device. The data can then be downloaded to a PC via Bluetooth for viewing and archiving.

The soil moisture probe uses the same accurate measurement technique as the old probe, but the probe housing has been redesigned to aid insertion into and removal from hard soils. The probe rods are secured to the probe housing with ferrule nuts to provide extra stability during insertion. A molded plastic grip connects the sensor cable to housing to provide better grip.

Justification

This tool is a portable, handheld device for easily obtaining soil measurements.
This tool will let students measure soil volumetric water contents at any locations and provide convenient and easy measurements.
This tool can be integrated GPS receiver for tagging measurements.
Applicable to a variety of disciplines in the biogesciences.

Nikon D90 DSLR Camera

$1,199.00 1 $1,199.00
Description

Newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System
Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 6400 equivalent
Incorporates Nikon's comprehensive digital image-processing EXPEED concept
The world's first D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the new Face Detection System
Live View enables face priority AF with the 3-in., approx. 920k-dot, high-density color LCD featuring 170° ultra-wide viewing angle
Picture Control System offers new Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors
Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting
Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
Viewfinder with approx. 96% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 19.5 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)
Advanced Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and Picture Control settings for superior image quality
Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Distortion Control, Straighten and Fisheye
4.5 fps continuous shooting and quick response of 0.15-second start-up and 65-ms shutter release time lag (CIPA standard)
Built-in flash with 18mm lens coverage and Nikon's original i-TTL flash control that commands Advanced Wireless Lighting
Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 850 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, with 50% of pictures taken with flash)
Versatile Pictmotion menu that creates slideshows combining five choices of both background music and image effects
Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80 extends shooting capability and enables use of six R6/AA-size batteries
Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
Optional photo-editing software, Capture NX 2 allows users quick and easy photo editing
Lightweight compact body

Justification

This camera is the ideal base for a hemispherical photograpy system. Hemispherical photography aims to determine various canopy architecture, solar radiation, photon flux, PAR, LAI, and many more measurements. The system is two-fold as a circular fisheye lens is attached the camera body and the photographs are taken vertically (either up or down) into the canopy. These images are then processed with specialized computer software and precision image display. Once processed the useful values improve research quality due to their level of inference.

This camera has been used by several major publications to conduct the measurements that are often done using analog or outdated digital means at UW. It would be nice to upgrade and be able to allow student researchers the ability to have quality equipment and thus more quality data.

Sigma Circular Fisheye lens 8mm

$1,230.00 1 $1,230.00
Description

Circular Fisheye lens with unique perspective
180 degrees angle of view for exaggerated close ups
Carrying Case, front/rear caps & front adapter ring
Specialized for this type of research and nature photography

Justification

This camera lens is the ideal base for a hemispherical photograpy system. Hemispherical photography aims to determine various canopy architecture, solar radiation, photon flux, PAR, LAI, and many more measurements. The system is two-fold as a circular fisheye lens is attached the camera body and the photographs are taken vertically (either up or down) into the canopy. These images are then processed with specialized computer software and precision image display. Once processed the useful values improve research quality due to their level of inference.

This lens has been used by several major publications to conduct the measurements that are often done using analog or outdated digital means at UW. It would be nice to upgrade and be able to allow student researchers the ability to have quality equipment and thus more quality data.

Soil pH and moisture sensors

$251.00 1 $251.00
Description

This tool measures pH values from 3.5 to 8, soil moisture from 0 to 100%.
This tool doesn't need chemical, distilled water, or outside electric power source.

Justification

Soil pH and moisture sensor is portable and easy to measure soil pH and moisture.
This tool will provide numerous readings that can be easily taken over a large area.

Soil auger

$659.00 1 $659.00
Description

This soil auger collects representative specimens to assess the nutrient content, composition, acidity and pH levels of soils with the best selection of soil sampling.
This tool help collect uniform samples in smooth, rocky, wet, or dry conditions.

Justification

Soil auger will be used to collect soil sample from shallow to even deep soil.
Also, this soil auger will provide easy and convenient soil sampling even from mud type soils.

Stainless Steel Mesh Sieve Set

$149.00 1 $149.00
Description

These sieves feature stainless steel mesh and steel frames. The set of six sieves includes the following mesh sizes: 5 (4,000 micron), 10 (2,000 micron), 35 (500 micron), 60 (250 micron), 120 (125 micron), and 230 (63 micron).

Justification

Soil Sieve set is needed for analysis of soil texture, soil carbon & nitrogen contents.

Data Processing

Apple iMac Computer

$2,499.00 1 $2,499.00
Description

This desktop provides a 4GHZ processor, up to 3.5 teraflops of graphics computing power, and up to 20Gbps thunderbolt bandwith. It also has a high resolution visual display.

Justification

This Apple and therefore OSX based system is integral in tying together the above requested technologies with iPads and other computing systems already in place among several labs in SEFS.

The high capacity processing power will be integral in data downloading and processing from many of the above listed equipments. Additionally, the graphics will be extremely relevant when processing images acquired from hemispherical photography. Currently one of the limits to this technology is the requirement of a precision monitor with high pixel counts – this is due to the analysis which requires mostly manual categorization of pixels for analysis.

Protective Gear

Vests

$599.50 0 $0.00
Description

Quality cruiser vests feature a flagging dispensing grommet, lanyard grommets, all-steel snaps, pocket gussets and ten roomy pockets. Pockets include one outside pen/pencil breast pocket, one compass breast pocket, three roomy front pockets with Velcro® closures, two large inside pockets with Velcro® closures, a two-pocket knapsack and a hidden zippered map pocket. Both the knapsack and map pockets feature a heavy, 1000 denier Cordura® nylon reinforcement layer sewn at the bottom. Made of 100% pre-shrunk Cotton Duck fabric, these heavy-duty vests will stand up to most anything. Fabric is mildew-resistant.

Justification

Vests are used mainly for students who work in the field. Also, a prime use will be for students working as interns or for undergraduate credit and experience.
Previous vests are mostly worn out and do not have enough pockets which are useful to put small equipment for field measurements like DBH tape, compass, map, pens, clinometer, etc.
Orange color vests are essential for field work at pack since there are hunting seasons, and we need to carry lots of small measurement tools.

Environmental Monitoring

iButtons (DS1921G-F5#)

$21.99 300 $6,597.00
Description

This is a reliable, flexible, highly portable and low-cost data logger for temperature readings with excellent battery life (273 hrs). It is programable to measure in any increment during its battery life, and it is fully reusable, reliable, precise, and quite hardy.

Justification

These iButtons are at the forefront of environmental monitoring technology. They can capture temperature and relative humidity data at various intervals for long periods of time in the most extreme remote locations if need be. They are also practical for greenhouse work, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or any other application that requires temp and RH data. Basically you can place these tiny buttons in any relevant way to capture the information needed, and simply download it and reset the device for more data as needed. This devices are really useful to measure micro-environmental conditions where we cannot install environmental data stations due to geographical and topographical reasons.

Overall total funded: $94,653.96

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