We traveled to Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas for the Binghampton Symposium October 13-15, 2017. Carla gave an invited talk on ecogeomorphology and the role of organisms in sediment and nutrient cycling. Zach gave a poster on the role animals play in altering sediment biogeochemistry. Lisa Davis and her student, Matt Koerner also traveled. Matt presented a poster on our summer enclosure experiments highlighting how mussels may impact sediment transport, cohesion, and compaction. The field trip, talks, and conversations were great!
It's been a busy month!! Our enclosure experiment on the Sipsey ended, the lab plus other aquatic friendly folks went on a Sipsey River canoe adventure, Carla gave a seminar at University of Southern Mississippi, and Dan Knapp gave a poster presentation at the University of Alabama Biofest. Dan received 3rd place for his poster and a prize! The lab is busy with physiology experiments, sample prep, etc.
Carla and Brian traveled across southern Alabama and central Louisiana visiting Margaritifera localities with Dr. Jurgen Geist (Technische Universität München) and Dr. Paul Johnson (Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center) the past several days. Amidst snakes and a tropical storm we were able to see several mussels and sample their habitat.
A collaborative review paper put together by Carla, Dan Allen (University of Oklahoma), Lisa Davis (UA Geography), and Zach Nickerson (MS student) was recently accepted into Geomorphology for a special issue as part of the Binghampton Symposium. This year's Binghampton Symposium is to be held at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. This year's symposium will focus on Resilience and Bio-Geomorphic Systems. Carla will be highlighting this paper at the symposium and Zach plans on presenting a poster on his MS work. The paper highlights the bidirectional feedback between ecological and geomorphic systems which is necessary for maintaining resilient stream systems.
Scotty McLeay (M.S.), a newly minted Master of Science from the Atkinson lab presented his exit seminar at the Jones Ecological Research Center on 7/20/17 entitled "The role of larval anurans as consumers in ecosystem processes within geographically isolated wetlands."
Carla has a new article that is in early view in Ecosystems on the role of mussels in nutrient provisioning and sequestration. Specifically, this article highlights that mussel driven nutrient recycling can result in higher primary production. Further, it estimates the storage rates of nutrients through mussel production. Here's a link to the article:
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!