Fall is here (although you wouldn't know it from the temperature), and the last two weeks have been particularly busy--beginning with our last field trip of the season to the Ouachitas (see photo) and ending with the arrival of our first piece of molecular lab equipment--the thermocycler!
A week ago I had a second short field trip to the Ouachita Mountains, this time accompanied by two very talented young ecologists, Josh and Jenna. Five solid hours of rain gave us a break from the summer heat, and we explored some wonderful mixed deciduous/pine forests and brought back lots of lovely leaf litter!
The lab is nearly ready--a couple coats of floor polish and we're good to go!!