|Storms at Hope Lake trail|
At Mesa Verde, we've begun sampling the Long
|Long House Ruins|
|Plants are our Friends|
|Coppers feast on Arnica|
Many of these factors are active areas of study, as we found out first hand at a visit to Rio Mesa Center -- a new research facility for the University of Utah. We camped out at the new tents and learned about the current research projects, such as inventorying the plants & animals, reclaiming weedy fields to grow native seeds for restoration projects, and peering into the past to understand the past fire regime. I met several paleoecologists and they encouraged me to learn more and come visit their department in Salt Lake City. I've been mulling graduate school in either ecology (systems and/or restoration) or paleontology (evolutionary ecology) for a really long time... this year it seems like the fates are coalescing into new potentials to consider.
So as I walk through the mountains here, I wonder what next year will bring. Any suggestions for my next career?
|Cascade Cascades (yeah, the names here are that original)|