Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Walking on a leaf carpet


Dr. John Parker explains the purpose of measuring the coarse woody debris in the locations he has designated.

His research include four different plot arrangements: "deer and invasive plants excluded," deer excluded and invasives tolerated," one plot is "deer and invasives allowed," and another is "deer allowed but not invasives."

We measured the length and diameter of the coarse woody debris in the plots, and we also had to pull the invasive plants in the plots where they are excluded.

A lot of the invasives have spines and thorns...ouch!


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