Title: Giant Palouse Earthworm
Student: Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon
Department: Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences
Driloleirus americanus is the only known native earthworm in the Palouse region. The main habitat of this earthworm is Palouse Prairie which has largely been converted to agricultural lands. Before the earthworm was found by a CRISSP-funded graduate student (Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon) working in our lab in 2005, it was thought to be extinct. Currently we are focusing on determining the range of this rare earthworm and testing methods to identify habitat using less destructive sampling methods.
For more information, email the PI: Dr. Jodi Johnson-Maynard