Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Updates

This summer has been exceptionally rainy and green in Lubbock.  I barely recognize the place!  It has been amazing to watch all of the local flora come alive and to see the diversity of animals that can thrive here in a rainy year.

Seriously, just look at that beautiful weather!

A few updates from the lab:

Britt has spent the summer collecting data on the prescribed burns that were conducted this spring.  He has been filling the labs with samples from pitfall traps and still has more work to go!

Nick has submitted his thesis to the Graduate School and will be officially graduating in August 2015.

I am working on revamping courses and gearing up for two new projects with the National Park Service.  More details on those later!

Clara Frasconi-Wendt and I had a paper accepted to the Southwestern Naturalist.

Finally, I am excited to announce that Neil Estes will be joining the lab in August 2015.  Neil is pursuing an M.S. in Natural Resources Management.  He will be working at the Valles Caldera National Preserve on exotic and invasive plant ecology.  More on this soon!