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Five roly polies of different colors on a piece of bark

The Roly Poly Research Project

roly poly with thought bubble saying "have you seen me?"The Roly Poly Research Project (RPRP) is an informal hands-on student-focused research project at Grossmont College coordinated by the Biology Department. Roly polies (also known as pill bugs or woodlice) are common on campus.  Our project goal is to understand how woodlice use the campus as habitat: what are the characteristics of "good" areas versus "bad" areas and how and why do individuals move between them?

Who can participate?

Any student, faculty or staff may drop in to participate or see what we are doing any time. 

When and where are the meetings?

The project usually meets on Friday afternoons in a Biology lab room during the semester. Check this page for updated meeting information each semseter (upper right).   

Why should I participate?

Because it's fun! Also, students who attend regularly develop a variety of lab and environmental sampling skills and may take more responsible roles on specific projects.  Those who stay with the project for several semesters may be able to take responsibility for writing up a poster about an experiment and presenting it at a local scientific conference. 

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Last Updated: 04/24/2020

Meeting Schedule

Spring 2020

Fridays, 12:30-2:30

Room 30-128

--> Meetings suspended as of 3/20 due to campus closure due to coronavirus



Prof. Bonnie Ripley
Biology Department

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District