Left-to-right: Iain Robertson (Swansea University, Wales); the project's volunteer equipment coordinator Bill McKnight (FLIR Systems); and Matthew Watkins (Swansea University, Wales) collecting a sediment core. Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon.
Photo by and courtesy of: Molly McKnight Date: July 30, 2016
Goal: The principle aim of the project is to calibrate insect outbreaks, notably Dendroctonus, within the pollen and macrofossil record obtained from lake sediments across Oregon and Washington State, U.S.A, utilising the novel approach of environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify beetle presence.
Methods: Geographic Information Systems, Palynology, Tephra, Dendrochronology, Ancient DNA, Pollen, Environmental DNA, Palaeoecology