Let me introduce you to the field!
So here is our home base:
The goal this field season (my third) is to collect genetic samples (feathers, fecal, tissue from dead animals) in areas where I have data missing. I have collected A LOT of samples so far, but there are some locations within my study area that I have very few or no samples.
Where is my study area you ask? I am doing my research in the Bighorn and Powder River Basins
Since my study area is so large I have a couple modes of transportation
The ATVs are useful to get around on rough roads and wet conditions. Plus, we can get to field sites faster and get to twice as many if we can split up.
Who is this we? This year I have someone helping me out!
This is Kevin! He will be helping with all my data collection in the field. He worked for another student in my adviser's lab last summer (https://sites.google.com/site/murphylabuwyo/meet-the-lab)
Oh, and the data that I'm collecting. Let me introduce you to that.
|Photo credit: Katie Zarn|
These samples come from Greater Sage-Grouse.
Alright, I think that is enough of an intro for now!