Starting this year, I am developing the Oklahoma Native Seed Library. We will collect seeds from iconic Oklahoma native plants. My goal is to acquire seeds from around the state to represent a variety of genetic diversity. We will launch the initiative by focusing on charismatic grasses of the Oklahoma prairie and woodlands. As the … More Oklahoma Native Seed Library
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
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