Dr. Laura Jones is the Stanford Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist. Jones coordinates preservation efforts for areas of the University’s campus, including hundreds of historic buildings and more than 100 campus archaeological sites. She oversaw excavation of the former Men’s Gymnasium — which was destroyed during the Great Earthquake of 1906 — and the transformation of the Old Chemistry Building, among other historical archaeology projects.
Stanford’s plans for removal of the 119-year-old Lagunita Diversion Dam, located in the San Francisquito Creek near Alpine Road, were approved by Santa Clara County on March 1. Plans for removal have been underway since a district judge ordered Stanford to remove the dam on Jan. 16, 2015, following concerns regarding fish passage and sediment…
A team of Stanford students built a small, portable arts studio using materials found at Jasper Ridge over the summer as part of an Arts Intensive. They have big dreams for the studio, because it has the potential to be a new, separate arts space for student artists to retreat to and create art. The student propose keeping it on campus during the fall and winter and moving it to the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve for spring and summer quarters.
After an extensive four-year study of the contentious Searsville Dam and Reservoir, the University has recommended two alternatives to removing the dam entirely.
Amy Zuckerwise ’15 is one Stanford student who would love to spot a mountain lion in person. Zuckerwise started conducting research at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve last year after taking the Jasper Ridge Docent class. Her research now focuses on how the predators’ activity overlaps with time and human patterns in the park.
Stanford may face criminal charges if investigators find evidence of endangered species take.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is investigating whether the University has violated the Endangered Species Act by blocking steelhead trout from migrating to spawning streams.