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Recent Field Trips
As part of our diversity studies of Chironomidae in the springs of the Southwest, our lab has been collecting specimens from Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the Henry Mountains, Utah.
National Parks are great resources for our research and park personnel have always been supportive in providing us with collecting permits and advice on collecting sites.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park includes numerous isolated springs, located in desert habitats and the Chisos Mountain range.
Guadalupe Mountain National Park rises from the Chihuahuan Desert and includes Guadalupe Peak the highest point in Texas.
The south central area of Utah is located in a desert region on the Colorado plateau. This region has red rock formations, numerous canyons and the Henry Mountains. The Henry Mountains area is extremely remote and were the last-surveyed and last-named mountain ranges in the lower forty-eight United States. The mountain range contains 5 peaks. Mount Ellen is the highest at 11,500 feet above sea level. Vegetation changes with altitude from alpine along the ridges on Mt Ellen to Ponderosa pine, gambel oak, pinyon pine and juniper occur at lower elevations. The base of the mountains is covered in desert shrub. There are numerous springs on the mountains and in the desert surrounding the mountains.