Riley Drake

Riley Drake

Apr 07, 2022

Group 6 Copy 878
1
Please wait...

About This Project

The Tongass National Forest in Alaska contains both damaged and undamaged caves. These caves are homes to a bacteria-rich mineraloid formation called moonmilk. Microbial communities play critical roles in maintaining ecosystem stability. This motivated our team of cavers and cave explorers to travel to remote field sites this summer to collect and analyze samples and attempt to answer the question: Does human-caused damage to cave formations change the moonmilk ecosystem?

Blast off!

Browse Other Projects on Experiment

Related Projects

Helping conservation biologists with 3D glasses for wildlife camera traps

Camera traps photos tell you what animals are in an area, but figuring out how many is tricky. E.g. two...

Upsetting the urchins to keep the kelp

In Monterey, CA, two of the dominant kelp forest-forming species are giant kelp and bull kelp. From 2014...

What drives the color change in green anoles?

Green anoles (Anolis carolinensis) morphs from green to brown, and it is not known why. In this experiment...

Backer Badge Funded

An ecology project funded by 21 people