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Science Newsletter

May 2014

  • Genetic research reveals Pleistocene origin and low genetic diversity of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia). Andrew Gottscho
  • Past and present highlights of nematode research in the Mojave Desert. Paul De Lay
  • Three wasps, three plants, one ant: life history of desert Orasema. John Heraty
  • Watching plants move: tracking landscape effects on movement in the common desert shrub catclaw acacia [Acacia (Senegalia) greggii A Gray]. Keith Gaddis
  • New poppies from the Mojave. Shannon Still

May 2013

  • Fulton's desertsnail: A new species of Cahuillus from Mojave National Preserve. Lance Gilberston.
  • Way to co-exist! Reciprocal predation mediates the co-existence of endangered Mohave tui chub with invasive western mosquitofish: A case study from Mojave National Preserve. Sujan M. Henkanaththegedara and Craig A. Stockwell.
  • Use of Artificial Water Sources by Mule Deer in Mojave National Preserve. Kelley M. Stewart.

April 2012

  • Blister beetle nest parasites cooperate to mimic the sex pheromone of the solitary bee Habropoda pallida (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Leslie Saul-Gershenz, Jocelyn G. Millar, and J. Steven McElfresh.
  • Functional Ecology Measures: Evaluation of Springs in Mojave National Preserve, Mark E. Whalon and Alexander Johnson.
  • Endemic Kelso Dunes Insects: a Hotspot of Biodiversity, Doug Yanega.

March 2011

  • A history of Mojave Desert tortoise movement: a view through the window of population genetics, B.E. Hagerty and C.R. Tracy.
  • Upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), mycoplasmosis, and antibody responses in the Mojave Desert tortoise, F.C. Sandmeier, C.R. Tracy, S. DuPré, H. Mohammadpour, and K. Hunter.
  • Desert tortoise and highway traffic: a resource management concern, D. Hughson and N. Darby.

April 2010

  • A Recent Sighting of a Banded Gila Monster, (Heloderma suspectum cinctum) in Mojave National Preserve, California, R.Ruppert.
  • Coevolution of Joshua trees and their Pollinators: A Short Review, C.I. Smith.
  • Demographic Studies of Joshua Trees in Mojave Desert National Parks: Demography With Emphasis on Germination and Recruitment, T.C. Esque, B. Reynolds, L.A. DeFalco, B.A. Waitman.

November 2009

  • Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center: an Interview with Director Dr. Jim André, J. André, D. Hughson.
  • Reptile Diversity Following the Hackberry Fire, K. Dutcher.
  • Physiological Responses of Mojave Desert Shrubs to Simulated Summer Wash Flow: Preliminary Results, A. Newlander, D. Bedford, D. Miller, D. Sandquist.

April 2009

  • Responses of Mule Deer to Experimental Manipulation of Water Sources: Preliminary Results from the First Year, N. Darby, J. Dungan, K. Stewart, V. Bleich, D. Hughson.
  • Mohave Tui Chub Recovery: Hybridization and Invasion, D. Hughson, N. Darby, S. Parmenter, S. Henkanaththegedara, J. Seigel.
  • Tortoise on Roads in Mojave Preserve, D. Hughson, N. Darby.
  • Effects of small mammals on post-fire vegetation recovery in the Mojave Desert, P. Stapp.

Did You Know?

photo of creosotebush

Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.