BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2018

BioBlitz! weekend is my most favorite, stressful, and fun work days of the year. My favorite thing is showing people the amazing organisms that live right hear in Oklahoma.  Our featured organism this year, and star of this year’s event shirt, was the American Burying Beetle – a federally protected endangered species.  I was immensely … More BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2018

Solar Energy

We have begun preparing the area of the pollinator meadow at the OU Biological Station! Last week we placed clear plastic over the weedy patch of lawn near the office at the BioStation.  We are solarizing the area with plastic sheeting to kill lawn grass, weeds, and weed seeds in the soil.  The plastic sheeting … More Solar Energy

1000+ Milkweeds!

Chloe Paden, undergraduate research assistant, and I have been planting a bunch of germinating milkweeds the past few days.  We have at least 1000 tiny plants of five species (Asclepius speciosa, A. viridis, A. asperula, A. tuberosa, and A. syriaca) growing in our greenhouses.  Chloe will be writing up the results of the germination trials – we used … More 1000+ Milkweeds!

Ecological Restoration

I spent the weekend learning about and being inspired by a variety of ecological restoration projects going on in my region.  The presentations I sat in on focused mostly on grassland restoration.  So, I learned about a herbicide that seems effective on Johnsongrass, but does little harm to native forbs and only affects a few … More Ecological Restoration