We focus our efforts on utilizing scientifically-sound methods to expand our knowledge of regional, national, and global biodiversity.
Results of our investigations are shared with stakeholders to promote biodiversity conservation and education.
Initiated in 1995, annual monitoring of Astragalus microcymbus has improved our understanding of this rare species’ life-history and led to its status as a Candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Through the use of population genetic tools, we have determined that the rare Sclerocactus glaucus is not widely interbreeding with its common relative Sclerocactus parviflorus. On-going work strives to refine the geographic boundary between the two species.
Through partnership with the Center for Plant Conservation, we collect seed of our rarest species for conservation. The seed are stored for future research and restoration needs. On-site research informs how to grow these rare gems.
We aim to improve habitat quality, conserve and restore biodiversity, and increase public awareness of the importance of such efforts through weed control, active ecological restoration, experimentation and long-term monitoring. An active project close to home is improving hydrology and diversity along the riparian corridor at Chatfield Farms.
Botanical surveys help us understand the composition and distribution of plant species in a geographic area and provide valuable information for landowners to manage their lands. Over two field seasons, we surveyed the Baca National Wildlife Refuge within the San Luis Valley collecting about 400 specimens and creating a checklist.
Through careful documentation and study of our regional macrofungi, new species and genera are being discovered. These discoveries further our knowledge of species’ numbers, relatedness and distribution.