UCMPs summer adventures (cont.)(page 3 of 5)
| the field in Western Montana for a few days,
relocating and prospecting localities from the Miocene Cabbage Patch formation
around Deer Lodge, Gold Creek, and Divide, Montana. Fossil finds were
limited, although several promising localities were found for future research.
Following the work in Montana, Sam continued to Split Rock, Wyoming, where
she collected for a few days in UCMP localities from the 1960s and 70s
before returning to Berkeley to work in the UCMP.
Edward Davis spent a week of August in Yellowstone with Robert Feranec sampling large herbivore feces for Roberts dissertation research. He subsequently traveled to the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Humboldt Co. Nevada, home of the Virgin Valley and Thousand Creek local faunas, to concentrate on his own research on the effect of climate change on Miocene mammal faunas. There, he prospected for fossils, took igneous rock samples for radiometric dates, and looked for stratigraphic sections that might be useful for paleomagnetic calibration. Many fossils were recovered from localities that have not
UCMP camp in the Split Rock area, Wyoming. Samantha Hopkins and Tony Barnosky added to the UCMP collections from this area in connection with Samanthas research focus on Miocene mammals from the Rocky Mountains.
been prospected since the 1909
UCMP expedition led by Annie Alexander. Edward plans future work to investigate
the development of the caldera lake that formed the Virgin Valley beds
and to study the effect of changing global climate on the environments
and organisms around the lake.
Bob Feranec spent the majority of his field season in Yellowstone National Park collecting scat samples for a geochemistry project. The project focuses on determining whether resource partitioning can be determined geochemically in ecosystems where only one photosynthetic pathway is used by plants. Assisted by Edward Davis, this field work entailed following herds of mammals over many miles of territory, waiting patiently for nature to take its course, and then collecting samples as fresh as possible before the dung beetles beat him to it. The remainder of Bobs field season was payback timeaiding Edward in the Virgin Valley and Thousand Creeks Localities in Nevada.
Investigating the Hell Creek
Edward Davis (front) and Bob Feranec sampling a volcanic ash for potential radiometric dating in the Miocene Virgin Valley beds, Nevada.