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Matthew Bowker
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What we can learn about ecosystem collapse from Iceland
A large proportion of Iceland is either unvegetated completely or only very sparsely so. This is generally true of highland regions, but also some lowland regions where sand plains may be found.  These are called deserts: not in the sense of a dryland, but ...
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Learning a new flora: biocrusts of Geitasandur, Iceland
Geitasandur means "goat sand plain" more or less, which is a pretty cool name. I'll tell you more of its interesting story later. For now, I'm prepping to survey this flora next week. I grabbed over 20 species, mosses and lichens, in a quick visit last week...
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It's alive!
I mean this blog, and the biocrust in this picture. There are no rocks in this foreground of this photo. The rolling gray micro-hills are the liverwort Anthelia juratzkana . The orange sporophytes are those of a Polytrichum . Then you can see tufts of anoth...
It's alive!
It's alive!
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Seeking a Master's student: biocrust biodiversity, does it offer resistance to climate change
Syntrichia caninervis , one of the stars of the new project (image: Jepson Herbarium, UC Berkely) The School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, seeks a motivated Master of Science (M.S.F.) student to conduct field and greenhouse experiments in Flagst...
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Lab grad Chris Ive's research featured on Earth Notes (KNAU)
Chris Ive's successfully defended back in late April, and completed some foundational work on one of our more exciting research lines: using post-fire colonizing soil mosses as a restoration material. The radio short Earth Notes also thought it was exciting...
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Biocrusts on SciShow
Her's our collaborator Rebecca Durham of MPG Ranch in Montana, talking about biocrusts of Montana on SciShow, an internet-based science talk show. Enjoy....
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BioCrust3 Abstract & Financial Assistance Deadline is Approaching!!
Dear all,  In September you'll have the opportunity to meet biocrust researchers and enthusiasts from around the world in one of the crustiest locations anywhere, Moab Utah. You will have a chance to hear Dr. Jayne Belnap tell us how she became the research...
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