As part of my surveys of Oklahoma lakes for aquatic invasive plants, I have started a project to test if environmental DNA (eDNA for short) techniques would be useful for surveying bodies of water for aquatic invasive plants. Environmental DNA is DNA from organisms that is collected from the environment – soil, water, air – … More eDNA
Summer classes at the OU Biological Station are an unusual collegiate experience. Squeezing in a semester’s worth of information into 10 days of instruction is intense and exhausting for both student and professor. But it is so worth it. Students are focused on one subject. Being in a remote location limits the distractions and helps … More OU Biological Station
At the tip of the panhandle of Oklahoma, Black Mesa, the highest point in the state, is unlike any other region of Oklahoma. The panhandle is dominated by plowed fields of corn, wheat, and sorghum irrigated with water from the diminishing Ogallala aquifer. The panhandle is less flat then you would expect. Highway 412 goes … More Black Mesa!
Today was a first! An artist in the field with me! Debby Kaspari, natural history artist and illustrator, joined us in the field to sketch Least Terns. She is illustrating an article for Oklahoma Today about rivers in the state. It was a great day to show off our most promising tern colony – perfect … More Art
The Canadian River is my second office during the summer.
Organizing BioBlitz! Oklahoma is one of my favorite jobs! I love bringing together biologists and citizen scientists to explore the biodiversity of Oklahoma. I would love to host a spring BioBlitz!, but the volatile weather and crazy school schedules make this a logistical nightmare. So my solution is to host a virtual BioBlitz! using iNaturalist. … More Virtual Spring BioBlitz!