Maggie R. Wagner
Dissertation fieldwork in central Idaho
Snowcapped Lemhi Range, Sept. 2013
At our high elevation sites, the snow in early fall could stop our truck in its tracks.
We shipped boxes and boxes of plants from Durham, NC to Idaho to be planted.
We dibbled thousands of holes during summer in preparation for this job. Now we put the plants in the ground.
Planting required us to haul lots of water to the mountain gardens.
Each year we returned the following summer to measure the plants.
At our highest sites, the road could remain inaccessible even into July.
After winter, our transplants had synchronized with the endogenous plants
Each common garden had hundreds to thousands of plants in randomized blocks
Teamwork made the dream work- by dream, I mean repeated censuses of thousands of plants
Our plants lived among the natural vegetation
Our trailer's small library included essential references for field biologists.
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