Fall 2018

Volume 2, Issue 3

Fall 2018 1
Illumination by the ultraviolet rays of a black light causes proteins in the exoskeleton of scorpions to fluoresce. This property makes it easier to find species such as the Borrego sand scorpion at night. In this issue, researchers examine the behavior and site fidelity in male vs. female scorpions in the Anza-Borrego desert. Image credit: Krikor Andonian

Seed preference in a desert harvester ant, Messor pergandei
Tonia Brito-Bersi, Emily Dawes, Richard Martinez, Alexander McDonald

Human-wildlife interactions in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Ninfa Negrete, Sara Ramirez, Robert Wong

Plant morphology and behavior of Simmondsia chinensis in the Colorado Desert
Sarah Eskander, Kayla M. Kettmann, Jeramy Ott, Sarah Payne

Competition between exotic honey bees (Apis mellifera) and native pollinators on late-blooming desert scrub
Janelle M. Osteen, Alexis M. Necarsulmer, Jessica J. Fan Brown, Nhung H. Nguyen

Effects of predation risk on rodent foraging behavior in the Colorado Desert
Kobrina E. Boslough, Jessica Du, Anass Malabeh, Caitlyn N. Rich

Distribution and population estimates of the Borrego sand scorpion (Paruroctonus borregoensis)
Emma Korntheuer, Pearl Rakowski, Jack Choi, Sarkis Kasparian

Effects of disturbance on biological soil crusts
Alexandra Reep, Christian Morgan, Lilianne de la Espriella