MIS 2018

"What I love most about rivers is, you can't step in the same river twice. The water's always changing, always flowing." Yes this song was stuck in my head each time I stepped into the canoe to paddle to our survey sites. It's basically the theme...

At Lava Beds even walking through the sage brush and juniper is a learning experience. From scoping out eagle’s nests to scrambling over lava rock to find a cave to inventory vegetation, to setting up acoustic monitors, everything in this desert is fascinating. Since my...

Being a geologist isn’t always about mining rocks & minerals or unearthing fossils. It can involve mitigating hazardous situations and damage to infrastructure. The dangers of rockfalls and landslides are commonplace at any mountain range. Such issues are tackled by the Imminent Threats Program at Mount...

Living in Canada and studying Natural Resource Conservation at the University of British Columbia, I am not very familiar with the common plants of the Eastern forests. I am currently learning to identify the common plants found within Shenandoah National Park, along the Blue Ridge...

Tomorrow will be the start of my 5th week here in Cuyahoga Valley NP. It is crazy to think that I have been here for that long. Time has flown here! Lately, I have been getting things together to for this week of sampling. I...

Another great week at Capulin Volcano National Park! In my first weeks, I spent a good chunk of time filling trays with soil and native grass seed with the resource crew. [caption id="attachment_6849" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Thousands of trays filled with native grass seeds.[/caption] This is the first...

Pinus flexilis, the Limber pine, is a keystone species here in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is also known as Rocky Mountain white pine. Limber pine were named for the extremely flexible branches on younger trees. Notable characteristics include the flexible branches and a grey...

City-slickers like me have grown up around timid and (mostly) non-threatening animals such as livestock, deer, waterfowl, small birds, and squirrels. The beasts we do live with are our domesticated dogs and cats. Anything more exotic than those live in zoos and are relatively docile...

Are some of the most recognizable words from a hilarious SpongeBob Squarepants episode. After completing MOCC training I can honestly see why sponge bob had a few problems. The thought of driving a boat terrified me, people always compare Lake Superior to an ocean because...

When completing a puzzle all pieces are needed to obtain the bigger picture. If a piece or two is missing the whole image becomes distorted or forms a new picture altogether. The formerly complete wildlife picture at Isle Royale is now missing a key component...