Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Julie Shafer, Wendy Salmond


Intense conflict is unfolding in Southern California, and it runs right through our cities every day. It goes unnoticed by most, but its outcome will decide the future for humans and nature alike. This conflict is between human development and the natural majesty of our waterways. The foundation of Orange and surrounding areas is historic wetlands, which have caused massive flooding that destroys human lives and buildings. In response to this destruction, we have unleashed our own damage, paving entire sections of our rivers and erecting dams and levees wherever we can. Through this process we have successfully protected those in the vicinity, but at what cost? Rivers not only provide important habitats for wildlife, but also make for excellent recreation areas that humans can use to decompress. Our once beautiful rivers now parallel multi lane highways, are intersected by innumerable roads and bridges, and display record levels of contamination. Through this project I aim to raise awareness through documentation of the current state of the Santa Ana River and discover what changes we can make to better utilize this land in pursuit of a symbiosis that benefits humans and the environment alike. I will achieve this through advanced photography techniques alongside sociological and environmental research.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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