Austin Simonpietri - June 2018

Between May 15th to June 15th I have been moving between lab work, field work and experimental set up for projects related to chemical ecology. 

Ticha Padgett-Stewart - June 2018

I have been in Australia for around three weeks now and field work started almost as soon as I got here! Field work for my project is split into two separate sampling events, under roost sampling and actually catching bats. Under-roost sampling is the process of collecting urine and fecal samples from plastic sheets laid out beneath the bats roost. These samples are non-specific, meaning they can give us information about bats in the roost as a community, but we can't link any sample to a certain bat.

Kristin Katchmar - June 2018

I have just returned to the United States from Ecuador. All my data collection is officially wrapped up so I am now entering the data processing stage of my project. Before I get into what that will look like. I wanted to give you all a short summary of what my time in Yunguilla, Ecuador was like.

Lyman Dudley - June 2018

The summer field sampling season will really get underway for me in mid-June, as I head off with my team to our first extended (four week) sampling trip. However, in May, we took a shorter (five day) training trip to the Donkey Hills in Idaho. On this trip, we learned how to spot signs of pika occupancy in a talus patch, how to fill out a data sheet, and how to use our sampling equipment (GPS, range finder, finding aspect with a compass, etc…).

Natalie Sturm - June 2018

Many afternoons during my time in Zawiya Ahansal, Morocco were spent sampling plants.  For this project, plant sampling involved recording every plant species present in pre-determined, 100 square meter rectangles.  A fellow student on the trip had determined these rectangles (or “points”) for his own vegetation project, and since the points were all in areas that are grazed by sheep and goats, I was able to help him and collect data for my project as well.

Joshua Botti-Anderson - June 2018

In my previous report, I described the process we undertook to construct and place 16 trap-nests, which are being used to sample cavity-nesting bees and wasps in urban, as well as in agricultural and semi-natural habitats in and around Bozeman. At the time of writing, the project is in the midst of its data collection phase, where trap-nests are checked, and completed nests returned to the lab to be processed and stored.

Aimee Heffernan - June 2018

At the end of May our team began field training as it poured rain in the Gallatin Canyon. My advisor, Dr. Erik Beever, was wearing a fleece with an embroidered pika on it and seemed not to notice the rain even as my raincoat began the soak through. Peter, Lyman, Kenny, and I stood shivering as Erik explained how to use our compass, inclinomator, and range finder. The whole thing felt a little ironic since pikas aren’t surface active in the rain and we were being lectured on how to travel on talus safely even though we were in probably the most unsafe conditions. Wet talus = bad.

Natalie Sturm - May 2018

Salam o a3laykom! Hello, may peace be with you!

Hi, my name is Natalie Sturm, and I am junior studying agroecology.  I just returned from spending three weeks in Morocco.  Most of this time was spent in the High Atlas Mountains community of Zawiya Ahansal, where I conducted field work for my research project funded by the Institute on Ecosystems.

Lyman Dudley - May 2018

As average temperatures rise in the Rocky Mountains, ecosystems are undergoing changes as they have to cope with hotter temperatures, and in many regions, more arid (dry) conditions. The American pika, a small mammal in the ground squirrel family that lives in talus patches at high elevations, is one of the animals that is being most affected by these changes. Pikas are extremely thermally sensitive, that is to say, they need a very specific range of temperatures to survive and even moderately hotter conditions than what they are used to can kill them.

Austin Simonpietri - May 2018

My name is Austin Simonpietri, I am currently an undergraduate in the Ecology department studying Conservation Biology and Ecology. This summer I will be working with Dr. Trowbridge, an assistant professor, and Mallory Morgan, a doctoral student in the Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences. Mallory and I will be looking at pine tree defenses through a drought continuum of the species Piñon Pine (Pinus edulis).



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