Do you have questions about what it’s like to be a ecologist? Ask Travis Huxman, and keep your eyes on Science Buzz for the answer!
Photo courtesy Joe Martinez, Biosphere 2
Straw-yellow grasslands, creosote, and valleys of sagebrush cover much of the southwestern US. To some, this vast landscape seems desolate and forbidding. But not to Travis Huxman, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona—instead, he’s fascinated by the southwestern rangeland. He’s trying to understand the interactions between these plant communities and how global warming and drying might alter their numbers across the landscape. And he’s doing it with the help of one of the world’s strangest laboratories: Biosphere 2.