After several months of learning how to ship pallets and negotiating prices, our pallet full of Natural Trap Cave Matrix has arrived from Des Moines! We now have 1300 lbs of sacks containing soil, rocks, and (most importantly) fossils from Natural Trap Cave’s latest excavations. Each of these sacks was collected with careful, fine-scale stratigraphy
Last week (Nov. 7-8), Jenny participated in the National Forum on Landscape Conservation. This was a discussion amongst government, nonprofit and academic leaders in landscape ecology & conservation about how the field should progress. Jenny worked with other participants to draft short- and long-term goals for progressive integration of landscape perspectives into planning. The forum
I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Rukumani Rimal, our new GIS Technician. Stop by 307 Cherry Emerson sometime to welcome her to the department, or stop by Fossil Wednesday to get to meet her!
Jenny presented research on climate connectivity at the Wildlife Society conference in Albuquerque, NM. Her presentation was part of a symposium entitled “Conserving Nature’s Stages and Helping Wildlife Move Between Them” organized by Mark Anderson (The Nature Conservancy) & Paul Beier (Northern Arizona University).
Fossil Wednesdays have been a great success thus far this year. We have a whole slew of new attendees, and we are getting through a bunch of material. In fact, we are nearly entirely through our 3,000-year-old Holocene layer- likely one more week! We’ve picked thousands of fossils out of this layer. I’ll give you
How did so many small mammal, lizard, bird, & fish bones get concentrated at Natural Trap Cave?!? Aaron has already databased >16,000 bones & teeth!!! The answer, it seems, is that packrats gather bones from the surface around the cave entrance, and then stash them in their nests along the inner rim of the cave.
We are proud to have him represent the College of Sciences @GT.
In just a few weeks, Yue Wang will join the lab to begin examining the landscape characteristics of regions that exhibit long periods of community stasis despite global climate change occurring. Welcome to the lab, Yue!
Last week, Aaron gave an invited talk about diversity in science at Florida Museum of Natural History’s myFossil Fossils For Teachers Professional Development Workshop.
This summer Jenny teamed up with Dr. Bistra Dilkina to co-mentored an REU student through the BEE Inspired Program. Heather Strathearn, from Purdue University, conducted research related to species dispersal rates. She explored when and where species dispersal rates limit species’ abilities to track to new suitable habitats as a result of climate change. In 2016, BEE