Deciding on a research question
Becky and Chuck chose eight streams in the Park for their baseline study: four in “pristine” hemlock forests with healthy trees, and four in “impacted” hemlock forests, where the hemlock woolly adelgid left stands of dead trees. They prepared to monitor any changes in species, number, and health of macroinvertebrates in the dying hemlock forest streams that could result from changing temperatures.
Conducting the study and changing course
In the field
Read about Early results.
Did You Know?
There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...