The last two days have been busy. On Saturday denitrification experiments were performed on samples we collected from both our Remnant site and Cinnabar site. We also went out into the field to collect more core, tube, and germination samples from several sites: BLM (Bureau of Land Management), located in Yankee Jim Canyon; and Steven's Creek exclosure located in Gardiner Basin by are other sites there. After collecting many samples from several different sites, I am beginning to see a nice spectrum of soil types and properties, and seeing just how much of an effect the invasive species has in soil it colonizes.
Today the denitrification experiments were completed and CO2 analyses were performed on soil cores from Crystal Bench, Lamar River, and Cinnabar that were hopped up on glucose. After completing the experiments, we went on a four mile hike up Specimen Ridge to see a petrified forest. Unfortunately, much of the forest had been removed but we did get to see a few remnants.
Tomorrow we are going wolfing again, hopefully we will see a wolf, the only mega fauna we have not seen. Time for bed because we need to up and ready to leave by 4:30 a.m.