Microclimates and Mustard

For much of June, Connor Whitaker, from the CR intern group, has been working closely on projects with Erin Gray and Matt Bahm. Erin and Connor spent a week monitoring an experiment that investigates the effects of microclimate on Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus); following this, Matt and Connor spent two weeks near the John Day National Monument, […]

Welcome 2015 IAE/NPSO Interns!

Here in the CR department we are starting to wake up from our winter hibernations, shake the dust off, and get to work preparing for our 2015 field season. We are excited to have Emma MacDonald back again for another season with us as our biological technician and crew leader. We are also eager to […]

A goodbye to our crewmates, Tara and Emma

It’s official! The temperatures have plummeted and plants have senesced for the year, so the field season has come to a close. For the permanent staff here at IAE, one of the greatest (and hardest) parts of our job is getting to know, (and then say goodbye to) the phenomenal people that serve as our […]

Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry)

Say hello to one of our newest species of interest here at IAE, Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry, RUBA). This diminutive little berry is a member of the genus Rubus, which encompasses a wide variety of aggregate fruiting berries such as blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, and salmon berries (to name just a few). Rubus bartonianus grows exclusively on the […]

Umpqua green gentian likes it cold…

Frasera umpquaensis. Photo credit: Denise Giles-Johnson. Our field 2014 season slowly came to a close as the mercury rose and plants began to senesce. Luckily, we have managed to get a little relief from the heat as we studied Frasera umpquensis in the Cascade foothills near Cottage Grove, Oregon. Also known as the Umpqua green gentian, […]

Goodbye, Good Luck, and Good Riddance

As the field season comes to a close we say goodbye to our Conservation Research interns Amy and Suzanne. The Institute for Applied Ecology relies heavily on their interns during the summer to complete all their field work on time (before the plants senesce), as well as data entry, and greenhouse work. Our interns are […]

Let’s hear it for the birds

After the long hours of staring at the ground, it’s nice to give that neck a stretch and look up! In this weeks’ blog, I (Amy) want to give a shout out to those little flying machines that have been serenading us with sweet melodies during our long work days. American goldfinches perched near a field […]

Calochortus coxii- Crinite Mariposa Lily

Members of the genus Calochortus, more commonly known as mariposa lilies, are often considered overlooked gems of forested and grassland ecosystems. These diminutive lilies are found along the North American Pacific coast, from Southern Canada to Central America. Species can vary greatly in both appearance and habit. Calochortus coxii. Photo credit: Emma MacDonald Calochortus coxii, […]

Snapshots of the season

This month has been a busy one! With all of the projects that we have to tackle, there just isn’t time to write about each one. So for this week’s post, here are some snapshots from our busy month of surveys and monitoring. We may talk more about some of these projects later on–but for now, enjoy […]

Loopy for Lupine!

This past week, we took a trip down to the Umpqua River basin near Roseburg, OR to monitor Lupinus oreganus (Kincaid’s lupine), which is a federally threatened species and an obligate host plant to the endangered Icaricia icarioides fenderi (Fender’s blue butterfly). This area is home to the southernmost populations of L. oreganus.  Lupinus oreganus typically occurs in native upland […]

Battling Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome)

We’re at it again! This time, however, instead of scouting out a rare flower, we are attempting to eradicate the all too familiar Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome). Although B. sylvaticum may not be as ostentatious as other invasives, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom, do not underestimate the effect that this intruder can have on […]

Hisssssteria in Cave Junction

Our most recent field study took us to French Flats near Cave Junction, Oregon. We were lucky enough to enjoy sunny and warm weather while surveying Lomatium cookii, a southern Oregon endemic parsley. This little guy was a little upset we were surveying in his territory. He gave us a show and then went on […]

Finding Fritillary

Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary)Photo credit: Scott Orr The 2014 field season kicked-off last week with a trip down to Grants Pass, OR. Our mission was to monitor an endangered population of Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary). F. gentneri is endemic to a small portion of Southern Oregon and Northern California with the largest number of individuals […]

Meet the 2014 IAE/NPSO interns!

The 2014 field season is gearing up and the IAE Conservation Research crew will be back on the road to conduct annual monitoring and research on plant species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.  Projects scheduled for this year include monitoring and researching management techniques for the Cook’s desert parsley, surveying for Cusick’s lupine in […]