What makes a forest?

As a Masters’ student in the Frank lab, I study relatively small organisms called ground beetles. Ground beetles are used to monitor forest health because they are common, vary in food and habitat requirements, and are sensitive to human-caused disturbances.

2018-04-26T13:03:06+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Urban Ecology|Tags: , |

Do itchy caterpillars have an advantage in cities?

For many years, scientists have used forest maps to focus their predictions about where these itchy caterpillars might spread. But, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the PPM doesn’t actually need forests. It just needs trees, and it’s willing to accept the ones in the front yard, thank you very much.

2018-01-24T09:14:21+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: Urban Ecology|Tags: , , , , |

A Dragonificent BugFest

While the stars of last year’s table were undoubtedly the azalea caterpillars—which were very resilient during a long day of being picked up, and dropped, by visitors of all ages—the azalea bushes were empty when it came time to collect this year.

2018-01-23T11:38:10+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Lab Happenings, Urban Ecology|Tags: , |