Ben with a little boy who was captivated by his camera, in Ecuador
Ben Choat worked as my field technician in Colorado and Ecuador. His engineering expertise helped so much with troubleshooting our critical thermal minimum experimental set up. I'm happy to say that he is now a graduate student in CSU's engineering program. Ben will study efficient stormwater management with the hope of providing solutions to developing countries. We expect great things from you, Ben!
After a whirlwind 3 months in the field with our fantastic crew, we sampled populations of the beautiful tailed frog species, Ascaphus montanus and truei, across their range from northern California to northern British Columbia. We experimentally tested thermal tolerance (CTmin and CTmax), thermal performance, and gathered tissue for genomic analyses from over 200 individuals. None of this would have been possible without our stellar, hard working crew Jon Suh, Dalton Oliver, and Leighton King! We are also deeply grateful to all our collaborators in each state and in Vancouver, BC.