Travel Blog, Ecology

Grinnell Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park (7/18/18)

Climate change was the final theme of my Field Ecology course. I've heard about glaciers melting nearly my whole life, but like so many other concepts in ecology, this was just an abstract idea to me until I witnessed it firsthand. What is a Glacier? How does one differentiate between glaciers and all of the other… Continue reading Grinnell Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park (7/18/18)

Ecology

Summer Camp for Ecologists

I think I've died and gone to Summer Camp. This summer I've been given the privilege to spend two months taking field ecology courses at the Flathead Lake Biological Station through the University of Montana. Although I have learned and experienced many invaluable applications of restoration ecology through my work over the past five years,… Continue reading Summer Camp for Ecologists

Ecology, Travel Blog

Lava Beds National Monument

5/4/18 - 5/6/18 After spending a ton of time in the office due to a very slow start in the season's work, I was definitely ready to get out of town for the weekend. Friday afternoon Josh and I drove down to Lava Beds National Monument in Tulelake, CA. Instead of the smooth, black, melted… Continue reading Lava Beds National Monument

Ecology

Flora of Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Hiking the drizzly, muddy, Marsters section of the North Umpqua Trail left Josh and I gasping every few feet. Not because the trail was particularly treacherous, but because of the glorious wildflowers that were in full bloom. The rain gives plants, especially tree bark, a special contrast with the wet world around them, that makes… Continue reading Flora of Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Ecology

Introduction to southern Oregon Soils

4/10/18 Soils Field Day Today’s field day introduced us to the soils that we’ll encounter in the surrounding area and how they relate to the vegetation. I’m excited to learn more about soil and geology over the next few months because the more I learn about the natural world, my connection with it expands. Recognizing… Continue reading Introduction to southern Oregon Soils