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Featured Project

August 15, 2018

Finding the Fungi of Colorado


The North American Mycoflora Project aims to be the largest mycology database to identify, map, and document the diversity of mushrooms, puffballs, and other fleshy fungi.

This team from the Colorado Mycoflora Project will use DNA barcoding to identify and document 1,000 species of Colorado "macrofungi" as part of the larger NAMP effort. This funding campaign is to ensure that the team will be able to complete the 2018 season, so that 250 specimens can be collected and sequenced.

If you're a fan of citizen science (or just generally a fun-guy), be sure to follow this project. You can even get your hands dirty and make a scientific contribution to the team. To finish this project, they're looking for volunteers in the Colorado area to collect and document fungi.

Featured Results

Crowdfunded scientific discoveries

Where and how wolves hunt beavers


In the northern boreal lakes of Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park, beavers are a large part of wolf diets during the summer months. However, the predator-prey dynamic between wolves and beavers is relatively unstudied, since recorded observations of wolves hunting beavers are notably scarce.

So, following a successful Experiment campaign, graduate researcher Thomas Gable conducted a detailed forensic analysis of 22 wolf-beaver kill sites to try and illuminate this predator-prey dynamic. After fitting wolves with GPS collars and tracking their movements in the park, he observed clustered areas of activity where wolves were hunting and killing beavers near streams and dams.

The data illustrate how wolves often choose to hide downstream of a beaver dam for an ambush, and occasionally will even chase beavers out of the water. These results (published in PLoS ONE) can be a valuable tool for other ecologists studying wolf-beaver relationships, like in Yellowstone where wolf reintroduction famously brought back beavers.
 

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Monitoring Bird Migration on Monomoy Island
Keeping track of the birds that fly through Cape Cod.

How long have animals used these caves?
Radiocarbon dating to establish the age of fossils in a cave.


Thermal and Fluid Dynamical Effects on the Efficiency of Hyperpolarized Xenon Production
A computational model to identify inefficiencies in MRI lung imaging.

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