• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Study the Scientist: A Botanist

Botanist Martin Hutten, who is the manager of Yosemite National Park's invasive plant program, joined the park in 2008 after working at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho and Olympic and North Cascades national parks in Washington. (4 minutes 23 seconds)
 
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View Yosemite's other "Study the Scientist" videos to watch resource rangers describe their jobs.

  • See wildlife biologist Sarah Stock, who specializes in ornithology
  • See social scientist Bret Meldrum, who studies the quality of a visitor's park experience
  • See fire archeologist Jun Kinoshita, who functions as a firefighter and an archeologist
  • See historical architect George Jaramillo, who preserves the park's historical structures
  • See hydrologist Jim Roche, who protects water resources, including Wild & Scenic Rivers

Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.