The Atkinson lab was out in full force today with five undergraduate students presenting their work at the University of Alabama's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity conference which was held in the Ferguson Center. Jane Kunberger presented her work examining how land use and physical attributes of the stream impact freshwater mollusk community composition and density. Lucas Glisson presented his work conducted in collaboration with Hal Halvorson (Southern Miss) on snail growth and physiological rates. Ansley Hamid talked about bioturbation and movement by freshwater mussels. Maya Owens-Freeman talked about nutrient excretion and egestion rates of three freshwater mussel species. Lucas Edgren presented his work on the bottom-up role of various freshwater mussel species on in-stream primary productivity.
Garrett Hopper and Irene Sanchez Gonzalez will be joining the Atkinson lab soon! They are both coming on to work on the Mussel Dimensions of Biodiversity project starting this summer. Garrett is finishing up his PhD in Keith Gido's lab at Kansas State University. While Garrett's research background is mostly with fish, he has had a great deal of experience with mussels and has collaborated extensively with the Caryn Vaughn lab. We look forward to having his expertise on the project. Irene has a MS from Arkansas State University will be joining us with a background in freshwater mussel ecology and water quality. She currently lives in Barcelona, Spain and works as an aquatic toxicologist. They already both have a lot of great ideas coming in the door. We are looking forward to having them both around in the lab!
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!