December 2, 2013
Fear and Loathing in Wyoming
In the summer of 1998, my life was transformed by an ominous encounter with the once-familiar subjects of my research. Having been hired by the University of Wyoming a decade earlier to study the ecology and management of rangeland grasshoppers, I thought that I pretty much knew these insects.
One morning I began gathering data from research plots. A week earlier, my field crew had reported that to the north, where deep gullies were etched into the