We went out in the field with Professor Asma Al Farraj Al Ketbi and some of her students from
. We were looking at hypolithic cyanobacteria on the gravel plains near the border with United Arab Emirates University . The students were very gracious, and very engaged. It was fun spending time with them. Oman
On a gravel plain near the Jebel Hafeet we set up another installment of Drake High’s Artificial Hypoliths Project. Sixty glass, marble and travertine squares were left on the desert floor for a few years with nobody for company but camels. In time, some one will recover them to see if bacterial cells have colonized the undersides.