Citizen Science and the Race North: Population Ecology of Joshua Trees In an Era of Climate Change

Course Number: BPSC X420.4


2 units

Joshua trees are the most unique and recognizable plants of the Mojave Desert, but the most amazing thing about them may be their unusual pollination biology. Joshua trees are pollinated exclusively by two species of yucca moths and tiny grey moths that carry pollen to the trees in their mouths. The moths, in turn, reproduce by laying their eggs inside the Joshua tree flowers. Thus, both the moths and the Joshua trees each rely entirely on the other for reproduction. During a three-day citizen science program, you contribute to ongoing scientific research on the biology of this most famous Mojave Desert species.


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