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"Wild Chronicles" Segment Features UCM Research Team

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 4, 2008) – Viewers of KMOS-TV, channel 6, the University of Central Missouri’s public broadcasting station, will have an opportunity to view the episode of the PBS program Wild Chronicles containing a segment featuring a UCM research team from the Department of Biology and Earth Science.

KMOS-TV Will Broadcast Segment April 9 and 12

The episode of the program featuring the UCM students and faculty will be rebroadcast on KMOS-TV at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The program originally was broadcast Feb. 22 on PBS stations across the country that feature the program in regular program schedules. Although Wild Chronicles is not part of the regular KMOS-TV schedule, the station was able to obtain for rebroadcast the episode of the program featuring UCM’s research team.

Segment Filmed by National Geographic

“Smoky Mountains Treetop Exploration” is a 5-7 minute segment is taken from footage filmed by National Geographic Society television producer Jason Orfanon during July, 2007 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Boyd Matson serves as the host and narrator.

Documenting Exploration of the Tree Canopy

The storyline documents the exploration of the tree canopy using the double rope climbing technique by the UCM research team. Two graduate student climbers, Sydney E. Everhart and Courtney M. Kilgore, demonstrate how to access, climb, and gather samples of myxomycetes, macrofungi, lichens, mosses, liverworts and ferns from the tree canopy.  Harold W. Keller, visiting professor of biology at UCM, coordinates the groundcrew and serves as the principal investigator for the research project titled “RUI: Biodiversity and Ecology of Tree Canopy Biota in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

This project was financially supported in part by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration Grant, National Science Foundation, Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Award, Division of Environmental Biology, and Discover Life in America Award.