To the right, you can see the network of 27 sites we have established in Logan Valley, close to Utah State University. The sites are arranged in a ‘fractal’ pattern, which (as well as looking pretty) allows us to more efficiently sample variation in community structure across space and environmental gradients. Each site has a micro-climate sensor that we used to detect when snow falls and melts and ambient temperature.
The best thing about fieldwork is the nice views (see picture to the right), but a very close second is the data you get from it! In next year’s field season, we have funding to extend the sampling of our sites to:
- Expand our functional trait and phylogenetic dataset of the species in the system. More traits, and better-resolved phylogenies, are always useful!
- Place micro-phenology cameras to record when flowers bloom across the sites
- Establish more sites! We’d like to expand at finer and broader spatial scales, following the fractal pattern of the existing sites