Bitten by the Botany Bug

Dylan Kubina

Environmental resource management major researches “scars.”

Dylan Kubina, and environmental resource management major, is conducting a botanical survey of central Pennsylvania’s pingo scar regions.

Pingo scars are swamp-like geological features left behind from the last glacial period, around 15,000 years ago. During this era, the scars developed in patches of permafrost that were at least 5 meters thick, creating ecosystems that aren’t found anywhere else in the state. Kubina is the first to conduct a botanical survey of these unique environments.

“The best part about the research is finding plants that never have been identified anywhere else in the state,” said Kubina. “Discoveries like that show just how unique these ecosystems are and how important it is to study them carefully.”

—Eric Christensen