30 August 2017

MJM along with four other OU Geographical Ecologists: Mike Kaspari, Cam Siler, Katie Marshall, and Mike Weiser were granted a five year NSF Macrosystem Award to develop non-invasive DNA sequencing and spatial imaging technologies to estimate species richness and biomass from NEON pitfall bycatch. With this data, we hope to quantify and predict how Earth’s great abiotic drivers–temperature, precipitation, and biogeochemistry–govern how ecological communities of soil insects vary from place to place.