For seven weeks each winter, we live on Isle Royale National Park, a remote island wilderness in Lake Superior, North America. Here we follow the lives of a population of wolves and moose that inhabit the island.
We have created a laser ultrasonic flow system to find single cancer cells in blood samples of patients for early detection of metastasis. This project will capture those cells for genetic analysis for improved treatment.
How do species interactions react to environmental changes? Microbes living within carnivorous pitcher plants can help us find the answer, if we develop good enough molecular tools to understand their biodiversity.
Much of our current understanding of how large mountain belts evolve is informed from study of the Himalaya. New ideas based on the Himalaya indicate that our traditional views of mountain building may be completely incorrect.
The sediments at Virginia’s Carmel Church Quarry have yielded over 50 fossil species, including whales, sharks, turtles, crocodiles, sea cows, and land animals. We are trying to save these remains before they’re lost to erosion.
Barnacles, mussels, and tunicates (biofoulers) may be boring to some and pests to others, but are important because they filter water and provide food and habitat. I monitor FL biofouler diversity and invasive species presence.