This summer OIT Environmental Science undergraduates Morgaine, Chloe, and Aaron will be working on several research projects. We started field work on Monday in unseasonably cold weather! Here we are setting up a demographic study for Applegate's milkvetch at the local airport.
The Klamath County Library, Oregon State University Extension, and the Klamath County Museum is hosting an afternoon of lectures that are free and open to the public! Find more information here. Dr. Byrne will be giving a talk around 3 pm on climate change in rangelands.
Dr. Byrne teaches BIO 313, botany, spring term in even numbered years. We are lucky to have access to many unique botanical areas within a few hours of Klamath Falls. The course has six hours of lab each week, so we often visit local sites during one lab each week, but on our overnight field trip we visit more distant sites. In southwest Oregon we visit fens and serpentine areas, then continue west to the Coast Range, and visit the redwoods as well. See the slideshow below for a few photos from the overnight field trip this past weekend.
A few photos from recent botany field trips...
This weekend, nearly 25 lichenologists from Washington to California gathered in Klamath Falls for a three-day workshop hosted by Northwest Lichenologists. Dr Byrne hosted the workshop on the OIT campus. It was great to see so many lichen enthusiasts in the biology lab!
One free spot will be given to a continuing student in an upcoming lichen workshop hosted by Northwest Lichenologists at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR
Who: Dr. T. Esslinger, Porfessor Emeritus, North Dakota State University, hosted by Northwest Lichenologists
What: 3 day foliose lichen workshop, including field trip to Lava Beds National Monument
Where: Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR, and Lava Beds National Monument, CA
When: Friday April 1-Sunday April 3
Who is eligible for funding? Any undergraduate or graduate student that is currently enrolled in a 2- or 4- year academic institution. Funding will cover cost of attendance, but student is responsible for their own transportation to and from Klamath Falls, and lodging, if applicable. Student may be able to stay at Dr. Byrne’s house if they are coming from out of town- if they prefer this option, please mention it in your application.
How to apply: email a one page statement of interest, including your academic background, experience with lichens, and how you would benefit from attending this workshop to Dr. Kerry Byrne (Kerry.Byrne@oit.edu).
Statement must be received no later than Friday, 3/25 at 5 pm.
Student will be notified no later than Monday, 3/28 if they have been chosen to attend.
Questions? Visit the Northwest Lichenologists website or email Dr. Kerry Byrne for additional information.
It was a pleasure to attend Klamath Falls' 95th annual chamber of commerce gala awards with OIT's President Dr. Chris Maples (center), and OIT's head of facilities, Jim Lake (left). We won the Environmental Leadership award in recognition of our innovation with geothermal and solar energies.
If you are attending the Northern California Botanists Symposium, be sure to check out our poster about Rizka's Applegate's milkvetch pollination experiment at the poster session at the Chico State campus on Tuesday morning, Jan 12!
Congratulations to Steve, who just found out that his grant proposal, "A Checklist of Lichens for the Lava Beds National Monument, California" to the California Lichen Society was funded in full!
Lava Beds National Monument is located in northeastern California, in an area that is rarely visited by lichenologists. The Monument is comprised of roughly 32 different types of basalt and andesite flows, in addition to other unique geologic features (Sheehy, 2014). These diverse conditions create a variety of microhabitats on which lichens flourish. However, when Sheehy began inventorying lichens at the Monument in 2012, there were only 19 species recorded in the National Park Database. Since that time, he has expanded the list to include 159 total species, including three species that previously were unreported in California, and one species new to science (McCune et al., 2014). The goal of his ongoing project is to conduct a thorough survey of the lichens of Lava Beds National Monument, add all new species to the National Park Database, create a herbarium for use in the Park, and finally, create a checklist for park visitors and researchers.
McCune, B., J.D. Meglio, and M.J. Curtis. An unusual ascospore shape and a new species, Umbilicaria nodulospora (Umbilicariaceae), from California and Oregon. The Bryologist 2014 117 (2), 170-178
Sheehy, S. Scratching the surface of the lichen diversity at Lava Beds National Monument. Bulletin of the California Lichen Society 2014 21 (2), 35-39.
If you are an OIT student, contact Dr. Byrne if you'd like to assist Mr. Sheehy with this interesting project!
Dr. Byrne is excited to announce that Grahame Russell, Director of Rights Action, will be giving a talk on his work in Central America on Monday, October 26 at 7 pm on the OIT Campus (Room 252, DOW Center for Health Professions).
This free event is open to the public. It is sponsored by Pacific University's MSW Program and is hosted by the Oregon Tech Honors Program.
Grahame Russell is the founder and co-director of Rights Action since 1995. He is a non-practicing lawyer, author, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). For over 10 years Grahame lived in Mexico and Central America working with grassroots organizations and NGOs on environment, development, and human rights issues.
Rights Action is a U.S. and Canadian based human rights organization, that provides direct funds to and does solidarity work with grassroots indigenous and non-indigenous community organizations in Central America and Mexico, who are implementing their own development, health and wellness, environmental, and human rights projects.