Department of Geography and the Environment

40th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium

Wed, October 14, 2009
40th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium
Grimmia mosses in Haleakala's Crater

Dr. Francisco L. Pérez was an invited speaker in the recent international 40th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, that took place at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, October 2-4, 2009. This year's topic at the Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium was "Geomorphology and Vegetation: Interactions, Dependencies, and Feedback Loops."

Professor Pérez presented his research on the biogeomorphic relationships between slope processes and globular Grimmia mosses in Haleakala's Crater (Maui, Hawai'i). These peculiar vagrant mosses, previously unknown for the Hawaiian archipelago, were discovered by Dr. Pérez in 1998 in Maui, where they are detached and transported downslope by a combination of geomorphic processes; these include needle ice and other ground frost, runoff, rainsplash, wind, and the zoogeomorphic disturbance of birds (dark-rumped petrels) that nest exclusively on the high cliffs of Haleakala.

 

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