Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
DEENR Students Catalog Thousands of Species in Bioblitz Event
Lena Struwe led a group of 30 DEENR graduate students in the world’s first Personal Bioblitz – a ten-week survey that challenged participants to overcome “species blindness” by identifying as many unique species as possible, and to name over 2,000 species as a group. So did they live up to the task? Personal species lists compiled ranged from 5 to 1,123 species, and the group total included 3,474 unique taxa, primarily plants and birds (most of which were identified to the species level – no small feat!). "[The BioBlitz] made me notice when I was seeing new things," says Ph.D. candidate Natalie Howe. And, she says, it came with an epicurean bonus – because food items counted as species, "I took more culinary adventures." The group presented their results in a poster at the 2014 Botany annual meeting in Boise, Idaho.
Aronson's Urban Biodiversity Research Featured on BBC Radio
Myla Aronson was featured on a recent episode of BBC Radio’s Shared Planet focused on wildlife in urban areas – Aronson’s specialty. The episode includes an interview with Aronson discussing her recent NCEAS working group study that found surprisingly high numbers of species in urban habitats worldwide. Details on the findings of that study can be found here and here. Congratulations, Myla!
Our interdisciplinary department specializes in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. We study the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, conserving and restoring native ecosystems, and issues of global change such as managing natural resources within urban ecosystems.