Every year the Biological Station hosts events and activities that are memorialized in photographs, movies and writing. At your request, we have collected some of them here for your viewing. Whether you missed an activity and want to get a sense of what happened or you attended an event and want to relive the memories, we hope you enjoy these images and words.
Celebration of the Life and Career of Edward G. Voss, March 10, 2012
Dr. Voss died on February 13, 2012. The Station hosted a celebration of his life on Sunday, March 10. Some of you asked for links to various tributes to Ed that people made. We are providing them here.
Ed Voss Tribute Weekend, August, 2009
Legendary UMBS professor Edward Voss was honored in a weekend-long celebration, August 29-30, 2009. UMBS and the Michigan Botanical Club Mini-Foray partnered to offer a full schedule of field trips, meals, and an evening program to celebrate Dr. Voss's long and distinguished career. View slideshows created by Kim Cerrudo and Mary Crum Scholtens specially for the tribute.
Rain Garden Installation Slideshow, Summer 2011
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In the Abstract
by Laurie Allmann
Inspired by the Research Bibliography of the University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston MI
To think that yesterday
I didn’t know that half a dozen sand spits
on the mitten’s tip of Michigan
are oriented with their spines aligned,
all trending to the west/northwest
suggesting that prevailing winds
came from the east-southeast 11,000 years ago—
wind that raced in summer
over Glacial Lake Algonquin,
gaining power in the stretch across
an estimated fetch of two hundred fifty miles
To think that yesterday I passed the hours unaware
that all the while the likelihood of male cicadas singing
was increasing with the brightness of the sky;
not knowing that the females listening in through their tympana
would more likely move toward males
who nailed the high notes, with peak frequencies of 9 kHz
rather than 5—not really a surprise—
But if I’d known there was a word so apt
to describe that act of navigating toward a sound,
I could have said “Nice phonotaxis”
as I dropped my son at practice
and he moved toward the metal ‘ping’ of baseball bats
from fields beyond the trees
To think that yesterday, if asked, I would have guessed
that double-crested cormorants had taken more than 6.3%
of yellow perch in ‘95 around the isles of Les Cheneaux,
if only on the basis of their ever-present,
wheeling show of iridescent wings
Yet at the same time, I’d have been among the last
to cast Emblemesoma auditrix as cannibals in utero—
having always been inclined
to see the better side of parasitic flies (all politics aside)
To think that only yesterday my
daughter and I walked the dog, and finding
milkweed blooming in the roadsides,
talked of monarchs when we might
have talked of microsatellite loci—
tried the patience of our collie while envisioning
short sequences of DNA repeated in tandem arrays,
tracing the fine genetic lines of kinship and identity
Had we known, we might have cancelled all our plans to
spend the afternoon exploring milkweed inner space;
found some shade and lingered there to savor the unseen,
to feel the weight of awe
no less than that of gravity
What is insight, if not minutia well considered,
and what are we, if not expressions of the same
profound complexity that science would elucidate:
bound up with the sensory biases of crayfish,
the breeding site fidelity of piping plovers,
the respiratory exhalations of carbon dioxide
from downed wood on the forest floor?
Such a paradox, to think that yesterday I felt the wiser, knowing less,
the world a simpler place for having not perused
a hundred years of research laid like fieldstone fence
around the bend and out of sight; and really,
how much better would I sleep
could I not contemplate small mammal species
shifting long-established territories as the climate warms?
Still, though this is Michigan, I cannot cherry pick, and
I’d not miss the chance to celebrate a decade-long decline
of methylmercury in fish off Isle Royale, and better yet,
to know the reason why, for I see my children’s lives
between the axes of the graphs,
and despite my all-time favorite Wendell Berry line,
“Be joyful though you have considered all the facts,”
I’ll throw my lot with those who orient like
sand spits to the wind, in hopes one day
the facts themselves
are cause enough for joy.
© Laurie Allmann July 2011
Krist Jr., FJ, Schaetzl RJ. 2001. Paleowind (11,000 BP) directions derived from lake spits in Northern Michigan. Geomorphology. 38:1-18.
Stolting, H, Moore TE, Lakes-Harlan R. 2004. Acoustic communication in Okanagana rimosa (Say) (Homoptera: Cicadidae). Zoology. 107:243-257.
de Vries, T, Lakes-Harlan R. 2007. Prenatal cannibalism in an insect. Naturwissenschaften. 94(6):477-482.
Diana, JS, Maruca SL, Low BS. 2006. Do Increasing Cormorant Populations Threaten Sportfishes in the Great Lakes? A Case Study in Lake Huron Journal of Great Lakes Research. 32(2):306-320.
Kabat, SM, Dick CW, Hunter MD. 2010. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca (Apocynaceae). American Journal of Botany. 97(5):e37-e38
Ferrante, PA. 2008. Chemical Orientation Strategies of the Crayfish, Orconectes virilis are Influenced by the Hydrodynamics of their Native Environment: An Example of Sensory Bias. Department of Biological Sciences. Master's of Science:64pp.
LeDee, O, Arnold TW, Roche EA, Cuthbert FJ. 2010. Use of breeding and nonbreeding encounters to estimate survival and breeding-site fidelity of the piping plover at the Great Lakes. The Condor. 112(4):637-643.
Gough, CM, Vogel CS, Kazanski C, Nagel L, Flower CE, Curtis PS. 2007. Coarse woody debris and the carbon balance of a north temperate forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 244:60-67
Myers, P, Lundrigan BL, Hoffman SMG, Haraminac AP, Seto SH. 2009. Climate-induced changes in the small mammal communities of the Northern Great Lakes Region. Global Change Biology. 15(6):1434-1454.
Drevnick, PE. 2007. Methylmercury in fish: accumulation, toxicity, and temporal trends. Department of Zoology. Doctor of Philosophy:105pp.
Wendell Berry, from “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front” (1973)
September 23-26, 2010, the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) held its annual meeting at the University of Michigan Biological Station. Many of the meeting sessions were videotaped and are available on Scivee.
Follow the Station's garden at the GardenBlog!
2010 was inaugural year of the UMBS community garden. It was first located behind the greenhouse. In 2011, we moved it close to Hilltop Housing.
The garden is divided into three plots. The kitchen garden grows greens and other vegetables for consumption in the dining hall. The ethnobotanical garden is managed by the Ethnobotany class and grows plants with various medicinal and domestic uses. A third garden space is reserved for ecological experiments by students or researchers.
Nate Lada, 2010 garden manager, recorded progress at the garden in a blog full of beautiful photos, technical information and personal reflection. 2011 garden manager Janet Van Zoeren continued the blog at a new site.
Both gardens produced delicious food -- and food for thought. Please look at the blogs to learn more.
UMBS Centennial, August, 2008
The Biological Station's 100th season culminated with an August celebration that brought over 350 alumni and friends back to Bug Camp. The extended weekend celebration was full of guided field trips, music, food, impromptu gatherings and evening talks. Several participants have shared their photos from the celebration, which we loaded into a Picasa Web Album.
Bioblitz at UMBS, July, 2007
During a 4-day period in July, 2007, students, faculty, researchers and guests participated in an organized inventory of species at the Biological Station. They sampled over 50 sites in 16 habitat types across the Station property. Participants found 1,671 species in the 19 taxonomic groups sampled. Kim Cerrudo assembled a slideshow from photos taken during the event.