For those who like puzzles, the Klamath-Siskiyous are the ultimate intrigue. Often referred to as the Klamath Knot, the regionís complexly folded and twisted mountains have given rise to a biologically rich mosaic unlike any other.
The regionís serpentine geology, complex microhabitats and unusual diversity of mollusks, plants and other species make for fascinating scientific inquiry. Current researchers in the region explore the connection between biotic and abiotic elements including the processes that govern their interaction. From rare plants to migration patterns, the unique complexity of the Klamath-Siskiyou draws academic researchers, government scientists, and students here to study.
Research in geo-ecology, species identification, and disturbance regimes has expanded the frontiers of scientific knowledge and identified the Klamath-Siskiyou as a living laboratory of ongoing evolution. Recognizing the importance of this research, the Siskiyou Field Instituteís programs are infused with the passion and intrigue of these dedicated scientists, many of whom are instructors with our program.
Read on for an introduction to the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregon.
This essay, written in 1997, describes the regionís unique diversity and geology.
Introduction to the Proceedings of the First Conference on Siskiyou Ecology by Art Kruckeberg and Frank Lang
Research in the Siskiyou and Klamath Mountain Regions
Please refer to the following essays to learn more about the region:
Swimming with Springers by Sue Maurer
Of Parnassians, Metalmarks and Fritillaries: The Continuing Butterfly Play by Erik Runquist
Within the Darkness of the River by John Noland
See the PDF file below for Robert Whittaker's classic paper on the Siskiyou's....this is the paper which brought awareness of the Siskiyou's to the greater scientific community.
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