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Assessing anthropogenic effects on fungal decomposer communities along land use gradients of the Deschutes River system

  • Daniel Gilberts, The Evergreen State College 

  • 2022

Fungi initiate the breakdown of organic carbon in rivers and streams, but little work has been done to understand their responses to anthropogenic effects in freshwater environments. This study focuses on how fungal decomposers of leaf litter, specifically hyphomycetes, in the Deschutes River system in western Washington respond to differences in chemical inputs and proximity to human influence. Past work… Read Project SummaryAssessing anthropogenic effects on fungal decomposer communities along land use gradients of the Deschutes River system

Understanding wildlife activity and the impacts of recreation on wildlife in Washington State Parks

This is a continuation of a 2021 CREOi-funded project. Washington State Parks are increasingly becoming islands within a developed landscape. These islands have become important areas supporting human physical and mental well-being. However, there is concern that higher rates of use of state parks are putting greater pressure and stress on wildlife species for which the parks may provide some… Read Project SummaryUnderstanding wildlife activity and the impacts of recreation on wildlife in Washington State Parks