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Here we profile the current research that is occurring in the Mono Basin. There are quite a few ongoing research projects, and this page serves as a clearinghouse for researchers to find out who is doing what. If you know of scientific research in the Mono Basin that is not listed here, let us know (please e-mail ) so we can add it to the list. Please also e-mail us if you have reports and studies that you think would be a good addition to this Website.

Also see the SAGEMAP Science Locator for many larger-scale Great Basin research projects not listed here.

We've tried to break down the research into several categories, but since many studies cross several disciplines, please bear with the "lumping". Some studies are listed in more than one area. We will add new categories as needed.

Anthropology
Atmosphere / Climate
Biology / Ecology
Birds
Geology
Hydrology / Streams
Legal & Economic
Mapping
Microbes
Limnology
Restoration
Wetlands

 

ANTHROPOLOGY
  • Prehistoric use of Mono Lake's variable wetland habitats over the past 4,000 years
    Ryan Brady, CSU Sacramento
    Master's Thesis in progress

 

ATMOSPHERIC / CLIMATE STUDIES
  • Long-term climatic water budget analysis of Bodie, Bridgeport, Mono Lake, and 30 other Sierra sites
    Scott Kruse, Fresno Pacific University

 

BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY STUDIES
  • Development of sand dune ecosystems on the north shore of Mono Lake (shrub | dune)
    Catherine A. Toft, Deborah Elliott-Fisk, and James H. Richards, University of California Davis
  • Speciation in Moths
    Michael Collins

 

BIRD STUDIES
  • A bird-caused trophic cascade in the context of riparian habitat restoration: does it exist and does it represent a "restoration service?"
    Sacha K. Heath, Humboldt State University
  • Osprey Research
    Lisa Fields, California State Parks
  • Waterfowl Surveys & Aerial Photography (Mono Basin, Bridgeport Reservoir, Crowley Reservoir)
    LADWP (under SWRCB order 4.d.(2))

 

GEOLOGY STUDIES
  • Ash beds of Paoha Island
    Mike Perkins, University of Utah
  • Geologic Map of Paoha Island (USGS)
    Marcus Bursik, University of Buffalo
  • Surficial Deposits of the Mono Basin Watershed
    Angela Jayko, USGS

 

HYDROLOGY / STREAMS STUDIES

 

LEGAL & ECONOMIC STUDIES
  • Economic Analysis of the 3rd Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua: A survey and analysis of local businesses and participants
    River Gates, PRBO, Lisa Cutting, MLC
    Mono Basin businesses and Chautauqua participants were surveyed to evaluate the economic benefits of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
     
  • An Economic Study of Protected Areas in the Eastern Sierra
    Robby Richardson & Dr. John Loomis, Colorado State University
  • Economic Study of the Water Quality of Mono Lake and its Tributaries
    Juha Silkamaki, Ph.D., U.C. Davis, for Caltrans

 

MAPPING STUDIES

 

MICROBES

 

MONO LAKE LIMNOLOGICAL STUDIES
  • Geochemical Topography
    Pamela Conrad, JPL

 

  • Mono Lake oxygen isotope concentrations
    Hong-Chun Li, University of Southern California
  • Mono Lake Radiocarbon: The Mystery Deepens. Vol 88 No 12, 20 March 2007 EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
    Broecker, Wallace. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

 

RESTORATION STUDIES

 

WETLANDS STUDIES

 

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