Sep
02

Spatial Extents

One of my most recent challenges has been to determine the scales at which ecological processes are  relevant.  Given that a large component of my analysis depends on features of a site that are not local, that is to say, characteristics that occur at the landscape level, it is important to determine the proper scope.…
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Jul
27

The Mother Matrix

Tomorrow will be the final day of field work, which is very daunting in a way.  Last year I was quite relieved to be through the field season and out of the swamps.  That was the pilot year, however, and only the beginning of the project.  This time there is an element of finality that…
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Jul
08

Model validation

As the first phase of field work nears completion, my attention has been turning towards the analysis based portion of this summer’s research.  From the data collected over last summer and in the first half of this summer, I am now in a position to begin building the models of invasive plant distribution and deer…
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Jun
02

Returning to the swamps

So, the long awaited field season is at hand and is perfectly coordinated with the hottest days of the year. Yet I do not believe it could be otherwise, especially if one is conducting field studies in the Williamsburg area. The swamps do conspire to make one sweat. But the weather is really just a…
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Apr
21

Greetings

My name is Chris Tyson and I am conducting research this summer under my adviser Matthias Leu as part of the Applied Conservation and Ecology Research (ACER) lab in the Department of Biology.