Graduate student Amelia Nelson recently wrote a magazine article summarizing her work on high elevation forest wildfires in the Rocky Mountains. Find the piece here
Recently, Mike Wilkins and USFS collaborator Chuck Rhoades spoke with Colorado NPR reporter Emma VandenEinde to discuss post-fire microbiology and other wildfire related issues. The article can be found here
Members of the Wilkins and Wrighton Labs at ISME 18
Mike Wilkins, Kaela Amundson, and Amelia Nelson traveled to beautiful Lausanne, Switzerland at the end of August for the ISME 18 meeting. Kaela and Amelia both gave oral poster pitches prior to presenting their data. It was a great conference meeting old and new friends and collaborators!
Kaela Amundson and Amelia Nelson recently both had first author papers published – check them out on the publications tab on the website
Above – Amelia Nelson by a pile burn scar near Bozeman, MT.
Members of the group spent a lot of time in the field in summer, collecting samples relating to our wildfire projects. In June, Amelia Nelson and Mike Wilkins were up in Montana, collecting ash material from large burn pile scars near Bozeman.
We also sampled from beaver ponds in the Ryan Fire burn scar on the CO-WY border. We were looking at microbial processes in sediments that interact with new compounds generated by wildfire.
Finally, we checked out recovery in some recent burn scars near Fort Collins and were encouraged to see signs of regrowth!