Ant colonies are some of the most conspicuous features constructed by the invertebrate fauna in the Peloncillo Mountains. We started mapping Harvester ant colonies in 2012. We have not yet identified to which species they belong, but are looking to capture changes in the spatial distribution over time, and hope to identify the species or genera soon: AntColonySpatialData

The Peloncillo Mountains are home to a variety of trees and also home to a variety of disturbances such as fire, drought, and flash flooding. Over decade time-scales, the size, space, and age distribution of trees in the Peloncillo Mountains has and will continue to change with climate, land-use, and natural history. We hope to capture this change and the following dataset is part of our initial efforts. Each tree in these spatial data has at least one photo taken of its entirety, leaves, bark, and seeds. We will be linking these spatial data to the image data in due time: TreeSpatialData

Among the many interesting plants in the Peloncillo Mountains and surrounding areas, ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is perhaps one of the most interesting in terms of its spatial ecology. In the southern Peloncillo Mountains, we often observe ocotillo in narrow bands or sub-hectare clumps along the drier and exposed aspects of mountain ridges. Because the changing local climate and land-use suggests an increasingly dry future for the Peloncillo Mountains, and perhaps increased available habitat for ocotillo, we hope to capture the change in the spatial distribution of ocotillo across time and hence, to use ocotillo as a sentinel species for environmental change. These data are our first attempts: OcotilloSpatialData