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Matthew Holding works on timber rattlesnakes and spends a lot of time looking in specialized habitats to find them. His portfolio explored the small places in nature where interesting organisms are to be found.

MAY 18

Microhabitats Matter

By Matthew Holding

The first aspects of an environment we notice are often the biggest, such as a mountain, a redwood tree, or a roaming bison. However, the majority of life’s diversity exists in the small places. Tiny crevices in the cliff face, the space beneath the tree’s bark, or the gap between a bison’s teeth can contain entire communities of organisms that are not visible at first glance.  These microhabitats offer increased humidity, more stable temperatures, and greater protection from the elements compared to the surrounding environment in which these microhabitats are embedded. The photos presented here showcase microhabitats and the diverse organisms that depend on them.

Although Ohio State Buckeye footballs is known for its boisterous crowds, the Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) thrives in the protected, moist understory beneath a giant oak.

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