Out of all my experiences as a student at Stony Brook University, the class visit in June to the Ashley Schiff Preserve topped the charts. Our professor took us on a guided tour led by PhD student, Michael Schrimpf, to observe the ecosystem’s flora and fauna. Michael provided us with his extensive ecological knowledge base, … Continue reading TLC and Cat’s-ears
As we arrived to the Ashley Schiff preserve, we were greeted by a phenomenal naturalist and ecologist Michael Schrimpf. He contrasted the different types of forest seen in the Long Island, NY. This being 100 years old, had dense vegetation as compared to the Pine Barrens. As we were walking through we witnessed dwarf vegetation … Continue reading Adventures with isopods
Tim and I walked through Ashley Schiff Preserve in June and we found a larger stemmed plant with these wonky-looking leaves. The plant stood out on the forest, as much of the other plants didn’t have such a cool design to them. Tim and I were interested, so we uploaded the photo to iNaturalist and … Continue reading What is sassafrass?