More than just a common yarrow

Achillea millefolium, or the common yarrow, is an ordinary looking plant on first glance. However, its leaves it holds incredible potential. I found it on the edge of the Ashley Schiff Preserve on the Stony Brook main campus on June 13th, 2018, within a small patch of what I suspected to be Common Cat-Ear flowers….

TLC and Cat’s-ears

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,…

Adventures with isopods

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…

What is sassafrass?

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…