Ecotone Uses Technology to Explore Central Oregon’s Ecology


OSU-Cascades natural resources, biology and computer science faculty members have worked with OSU-Cascades students to develop the Ecotone app which helps students, staff and visitors learn more about the campus' native landscape. QR codes are found at 30 research plots around campus. Users can access information about each plot’s biodiversity using the Ecotone app.

Students in Ann Petersen’s 200-level biology lab support the long term ecological monitoring of the plots, gathering information about plant species, soil, fungi and lichen and entering the data into the app. Computer science students work with instructor Yong Bakos to develop and enhance the app and its database, using open source tools.

Read the full story: Ecotone uses technology to explore Central Oregon’s ecology (The Bulletin, January 25, 2018)