A Midday Biology & Geology Field Trip

September 28th, 2011

Geologist Greg Wiles and Biologist Rick Lehtinen in Spangler Park outside Wooster, Ohio.

WOOSTER, OHIO–Our colleague Rick Lehtinen in the Department of Biology had a great idea: how about a casual noon trip to the local Spangler Park to enjoy the plants, animals, rocks and streams? So Greg Wiles and I took him up on it and had a splendid couple of hours down in the gorge. We talked of ash trees, buried valleys, alluvial fans, salamanders and badgers. What an excellent break from grading!

Dr. Wiles showing where the creek flow goes from supercritical to subcritical.

An American Toad found by Dr. Lehtinen.

My contribution? An analysis of this beautiful set of bivalve, crinoid and brachiopod fossils from the Logan Formation (Mississippian).

 

5 Responses to “A Midday Biology & Geology Field Trip”

  1. Jessicaon 28 Sep 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I went for a hike just this morning. It was a beautiful day to be outside. I saw many different species of mushroom amid the leaf litter. Too bad we missed each other!

  2. Mark Wilsonon 28 Sep 2011 at 6:14 pm

    That would have been fun, Jess. It was a day to remember as fall approaches.

  3. Stephanie Jarvison 28 Sep 2011 at 9:57 pm

    As I read this, I was nearly jumping up and down like a little kid at the idea of such an outing. Quite jealous :) I bet Spangler is beautiful right now!

  4. Andrew Retzleron 28 Sep 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Did you talk about the salamander hybrids found there? Interesting study.

  5. Mark Wilsonon 29 Sep 2011 at 4:43 am

    Hello Stephanie: Spangler at its best! Hello Andrew: We not only talked about the hybrids, we found one; too squirmy for me to get a good photo. You both would have loved it all. You are in your own places of wonder right now!

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