I apologize to my many readers for the unbearable anticipation you must have felt eagerly awaiting my next post. I will try to maintain a more regular posting schedule. I present here an update on my ecological endeavors.
I was accepted last Friday into a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, Kansas. While I applied to several other programs, I am accepting this offer for the following reasons:
For those who find these reasons insufficient, I will elaborate. The program, based at Kansas State University, is a funded position mentored by Dr. Anthony Joern in which I will conduct research analyzing ant ecosystem services, preferably myrmecochory (for more information about what this word means, see here and here). I particularly like this program because little is known about the ants in Konza Prairie, and I will be directly involved in the formulation of a research project and plans for carrying it out. Also, Dr. Joern has indicated that we may be working in collaboration with Dr. Mike Kaspari, an ant ecologist at the University of Oklahoma. The only downside is that I will be housed near the university campus rather than at the biological station, but ants are worth the drive.
I look forward to developing my knowledge of the wonderful world of myrmecology!
Until then, here’s some bison:
(Konza Prairie Image Gallery)