Category: Research Grant Reports

Compound Disturbance in a Managed Landscape: Ecological Effects of Catastrophic Blowdown, Salvage-Logging, and Wildfire in a Subalpine Forest

– by Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, University of Colorado, Boulder This study evaluated the potential compounding effect of salvage-logging and wildfire following wind disturbance on seedling regeneration, understory composition, and ecosystem processes in Routt National Forest, a subalpine forest that sustained a 10,000 ha blowdown in 1997, was partially salvage-logged in 1999, and burned in Read More …

2011 Steinkemp Grant: The geographic and ecological basis of species richness: Diversification in Western North American Mertensia (Boraginaceae).

Mare Nazaire. (PhD Candidate and Assistant Curator of the Ownbey Herbarium, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA). The geographic and ecological basis of species richness: Diversification in Western North American Mertensia (Boraginaceae).  $1,000 A fundamental challenge in evolutionary biology and ecology lies in explaining why biotic-diversity differs among geographic regions. Patterns of Read More …

Steinkemp Award 2011: Analysis of choloroplast DNA from Sclerocactus glaucus and Sclerocactus parviflorus to determine the level of directionality and hybridization between these two species.

Anna Schwabe, (M.S. Student in Plant Population Genetics, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO).  Analysis of choloroplast DNA from Sclerocactus glaucus and Sclerocactus parviflorus to determine the level of directionality and hybridization between these two species. $1,000 Sclerocactus glaucus is an endangered plant species endemic to Colorado (UFWS 1979). Current genetic research is working to Read More …

2011: Mapping and Census Survey of Townsendia glabella A. Gray, Mesa Verde National Park, Southwest Colorado

by Lynn M. Moore, Botanist Windom Floristics November 28, 2006 Introduction Townsendia glabella A. Gray is an endemic member of the Asteraceae, restricted to southwestern Colorado.  There are documented occurrences of T. glabella in Montezuma, La Plata, and Archuleta counties.  Townsendia glabella is rare throughout its limited range.  There are 13 records in the University Read More …