Saturday, March 5, 2016

She's at it again!

Masters student, Bar Ulrich is shown here collecting bison dung near Yellowstone National Park.  Bar's thesis work centers around a dung fungus called, "Sporormiella".  Sporormiella is found in some lake sediment cores, and researchers attribute it to the presence of ungulates on the landscape.  The spore has been used as evidence of prehistoric megafauna in watersheds.  Along with other research questions, Bar is trying to understand the relationship between the modern presence of ungulates on the landscape and the deposition of Sporormiella.