Refreshing skills in new ecosystems

Since my last post, I have dedicated most of my time to teaching other people how to use ArcPad. The California State BLM office has announced they are going to stop buying and renewing TerraSync software licences, thus forcing individuals to use ArcPad. My background in field based surveying using both TerraSync and ArcPad made me an ideal candidate to supply training to my office, as folks prepare for this transition. While this task ended up only including 4 or 5 members of the office, it exposed some folks to a new skill set that I hope they continue to practice. Otherwise, I continue to find various tasks to keep me busy.

I also attended the CLM Training Workshop in Chicago, where I met tons of great people and received excellent information related to botany, monitoring, and career paths. I was able to put my plant identification skills to test by picking up a key and spending some time in the tall grass prairie portion of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. My experience in Chicago was nothing but delightful and insightful. I feel like I met some great people with common interest and learned a lot. This experience was a highlight of my summer.


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Alturas BLM Intern

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About Mike

I am a recent graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Born and raised in Colorado I am excited to take my adventures to new places. My passions include mountains, deserts, backpacking, bikepacking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding/skiing and science. Specifically I am an ecologist with strong roots in plant ecology and snow science/ecology. I was an environmental biology major with a minor in geology, I completed a thesis relating to the impacts of early snow melt and warming temperatures on alpine plants in SW Colorado. In August I will begin a PhD program within the school of Forestry at NAU, here I will be studying the role soil organisms play in plant migrations. Specifically I am interested in addressing the question of if stress adapted soil organisms can assist plants living in more stressful conditions, this research could be utilized to assist land managers in buffering against die-back as the climate changes.

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