Madison Boone's blog

Stacey Robbins - July 2018

Since my last post, I have visited each of the tree lines and began collecting data.  I don’t have preliminary findings yet, but I should be able to finish data collection after about three more full field days, and look forward to analyzing and tying up the project! The analysis will be looking for trends in tree density and age to describe tree line movement.  I’m also looking forward to when I have to go back to the same areas during the semester for seed collection to start the second half of the project.

Austin Simonpietri - July 2018

A few setbacks but back on track, that is what the past month of work has entailed. The piñon pines that we received from a nursery and transplanted did not take well and the majority have died before the experiment could get underway. What the nursery believes to have been the cause of this is due to strange winter weather events they had, because they had a similar die off of their stock of 2-year old piñons.

Ticha Padgett-Stewart - July 2018

I am starting to wrap up my time in Australia and only have 2 more weeks of sampling to go! This winter sampling season has been an intense one, but I have learned so much about the ecology of flying foxes and problem solving for large, sampling intensive projects like this one. So far, one of the biggest challenges I have faced while I have been here is limited time for sample analysis, which has in turn forced the need for solutions in sample preservation.

Kristin Katchmar - July 2018

Over the last month I have been dissecting and evaluating the information I collected while in Yunguilla, Ecuador. I have been working through my interviews and dissecting the information I have acquired. Most of my research is done on my days off because I am also working a full-time waitressing job.

Aimee Heffernan - July 2018

June was our first month in the field collecting data and man, did we have some hiccups. Our team was caught in snow storms, lightning storms, hail, and torrential downpours. While the four of us have taken physical beatings from bush-wacking, crossing creeks that shouldn’t be crossed, and hiking 10+ miles a day, our vehicles have been equally punished.



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