COLORADO: My first solo research project involved inventorying all of the vascular plant species occurring in the South San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Here is the abstract:

“Title: VASCULAR FLORA OF THE SOUTH SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS (COLORADO, U.S.A.): A FLORISTIC INVENTORY OF TWO SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS SLOPES

The vascular plant diversity of the volcanic South San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado (Archuleta and Conejos counties) was inventoried through collection of 1151 voucher specimens during portions of the summers of 2013, 2014 and 2016. A total of 744 species in 84 familieswere documented in the region across these and historical collections, indicating that nearly one-third of the Colorado flora can befound in these mountains. The most speciose plant families of the study area are the Asteraceae, Poaceae, and Cyperaceae, as is typical of temperate northern hemisphere climates. The most dominant floristic component of the area comprises species with a Western North American distribution, though circumboreal, widespread North American, and Southern Rocky Mountains endemic species also comprise large portions of the flora. The South San Juan Wilderness itself harbors a nearly pristine pre-Columbian flora, though wilderness boundaries currently exclude 170 native species living in the South San Juan Mountains. Ninety-five collections are novel to the study area, and 39 of these represent new county vouchers for either Archuleta or Conejos.”

Botanical Rappel

The manuscript can be downloaded here: Sharples2017_JBRIT11(1)_235–266

NEVADA: I have begun work in a special, remote area of eastern Nevada. The current species count for the area is around 200 species, and I predict that upwards of 500-600 new species records will be added to the area through my work.