NEW PAPER OUT! Disturbance mediates homogenization of above and belowground invertebrate communities

Our manuscript about the impact of flooding on invertebrate communities at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS) has been officially accepted at Environmental Entomology! This project has some interesting origins. In between my written and oral comprehensive exams, I desperately wanted to be outside doing well....anything. We had heard that an area of the UOBS … Continue reading NEW PAPER OUT! Disturbance mediates homogenization of above and belowground invertebrate communities

NEON Ants 2017: Site 9 and 10 – Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Arizona

The final leg of the NEON ants 2017 project—an NSF funded project— has come and gone. We visited two beautiful locations: Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch. Both of these sites were in Arizona, a state that harbors some of the greatest ant diversity in North America. Now that the fieldwork is done, … Continue reading NEON Ants 2017: Site 9 and 10 – Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Arizona

NEON Ants 2017: Site 8 – Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, California

Every once in a while you get the feeling of being in a magical place. A place few have been before, and one that few will probably visit in the future. While the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center is visited by students of the University of California system for field trips and field work, … Continue reading NEON Ants 2017: Site 8 – Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, California

Neon Blog Post: “Researchers leverage NEON field sites to find out what ants can tell us about changing climates”

The National Ecological Observatory Network (or NEON for short) just released a blog post about some of the work that we have been doing over the past two years. In it, they describe what we are up to (like the above image of how we sample 1-m² plots for ants) and some things still to … Continue reading Neon Blog Post: “Researchers leverage NEON field sites to find out what ants can tell us about changing climates”

Neon Ants 2017-Part 3: Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts and Cedar Creek LTER, Minnesota

I haven been quite busy catching up on writing and reviewing manuscripts so this update will more or less be just a slide show of the last 2 sites that we visited before coming home to Oklahoma. Sites 5 and 6 of the Neon Ants 2017 project visited the beautiful Myles Standish State Forest in … Continue reading Neon Ants 2017-Part 3: Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts and Cedar Creek LTER, Minnesota