The CNHA board of trustees met on January 21, to preview presentations and grant proposals for Discovery Pool projects for 2022. The board received grant requests from the Canyon Country District of the BLM and the Manti-La Sal Ranger District of the USFS. Projects listed below will receive research grants totaling $50,148.
Ecological Interactions Between American Pikas and Mountain Goats in the La Sal Mountains.
Principal Investigator: Mallory Sandoval Lambert, graduate student at Utah State University for the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Research Question: Do ecological interactions exist between mountain goats and American pikas in the La Sal Mountains?
Investigations in Basketmaker III-Pueblo I Community patterns, the foundations of ancestral Puebloan community in Bears Ears National Monument. Principal Investigator: Donald C. Irwin, district archaeologist Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab – Monticello Ranger District. Research Objective: This project will focus on investigating the origins and development of the ancestral Puebloan community in Allen and Chippean Canyons.
Continued Excavations of the Cisco Mammal Quarry: A Rich Small Vertebrate Site in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation. Principal Investigator: Brian M. Davis, Associate Professor, Dept of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville School of Medicine for the Canyon Country District BLM. Research Question: What will new well-preserved specimens of small vertebrates (e.g. dinosaurs, squamates, and mammals) tell us about terrestrial ecosystem evolution at the end of the Jurassic in western North America?
La Sal Mountain Arthropod Communities; Establishing Baseline Conditions 2022. Principal Investigator: Tim Graham for the Moab Ranger District, Manti-La Sal National Forest. Research Question: Will introduced mountain goats significantly alter alpine pollinator and ground dwelling arthropod community structure, either directly or indirectly via their effects on alpine plant communities?