Finding the headwaters

The Foundation’s 2016 project list includes a rich crop of new studies.  Eight new initiatives (from a total of 25) address topics ranging from paleoecology to mammalian population and community biology to microbial genetics.  I hope to offer windows into several of these, beginning with a study of stream geomorphology. Small, …

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Twenty years of fungi

Documentation of “reference ecosystems”  like the pristine landscape of the Huron Mts. is critical for understanding the ‘baseline’ behavior of ecological processes without the confusing effects of a history of intensive human management; without such studies, it is impossible to fully assess effects of long-term environmental changes.  However, the value …

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Location, location…

Cakile edentula — American sea rocket — is an annual or biennial plant of the mustard family, and a common colonist of beach dunes along both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and, as variety lacustris, along most of the Great Lakes shorelines.  So it would be nothing to get excited about in many areas. …

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