Many of us think about pollen only when allergy season is upon us. However, for soil scientists like Matthew Ricker, pollen can be an invaluable tool. By tracking fossil pollen in soil, scientists can look back in time to better understand past land use and climate dynamics.
This floodplain in the southeastern US can preserve pollen for land use reconstruction
[Credit: M.C. Ricker]For example, when European settlers cleared forests…
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