USDA Forest Service – Oakhurst, CA
May 9 – Aug. 19, 2013
I conducted small mammal trapping research as a crew leader of 3-10 other people in National Forest lands just south of Yosemite National Park for the USDA Forest Service. The project, which is a long-term study of the Pacific Southwest Research Station, aims to understand wildlife responses to fuels reduction treatments and biomass energy extraction in the conifer forests of the beautiful Sierra Nevada. The first season of post-treatment data was collected in 2012. This was a multi-taxa applied research project with field work that frequently entailed hiking alone over rugged forested terrain at elevations >6,000 feet.
- Scheduled, supervised, and trained a team of 3-10 technicians; performed data error proofing
- Collected morphological measurements for species identifications; processed animals such as flying squirrels, long-eared chipmunks, deer mice, brush mice, California ground squirrels, Douglas squirrels, shrews
Pacific Southwest Research Station: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/
Supervisor: Tray Biasioli
The Sierra National Forest is located just south of Yosemite National Park in California. (Click to view a larger image.)