Zach Nickerson, as part of his master's research, is conducting a mesocosm experiment to assess both horizontal and vertical movements of multiple species of mussels in monoculture and polyculture treatments. This is the second trial of three he is completing before starting summer field work.
Daniel Knapp and Monica Winebarger will be joining the lab next August! Daniel plans on conducting his master's research at the Jones Ecological Research Center on wetland-breeding amphibian communities. He has experience at the Jones Center and is already there working in the herpetology lab! Monica is finishing up her master's thesis at Appalachian State University and will be focusing on freshwater mussel community dynamics for her doctoral research. Looking forward to having them both at UA!
Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy (UCRA) Conference was held on campus last week at the Ferguson Center. Three students (Anne Marie Green, Jane Kunberger, and Lauren Shouse) from the Atkinson lab presented their independent research projects at the conference. They all did an excellent job conveying their research and plan to continue finishing the analysis of their data to present at the Society for Freshwater Science Conference in June in Raleigh, NC. Jane's poster is in the final round and is being considered for placement. Good job to you all!
Both Carla and Brian made there way to Cleveland this past week to participate in the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society meeting. They both gave oral presentations at the meeting. It was a great experience networking with so many other people interested in mollusk research and conservation. Looking forward to Texas in 2019!
The objective of the workshop was to bring together researchers affiliated with each WaterSES site to advance project goals (http://pecswaterses.com/home). Carla was there to continue working with the site in Oklahoma on the Kiamichi River which is part of a major water conflict among Oklahoma, Texas, and Native American Nations. The workshop brought together researchers working across diverse sites (Spain, Idaho, South Africa) for a common goal of enhancing water sustainability for both people and nature. Hoping to continue the momentum and add an Alabama PECS site!
Congratulations to Zach! He received a Birmingham Audubon Walter Coxe Research Award to fund his upcoming work examining the role unionid mussels play in biogeochemical nutrient transformations in the sediment. Congratulations!
Carla Atkinson, Krista Capps, Amanda Rugenski, and Michael Vanni co-authored a paper on consumer-driven nutrient dynamics in freshwaters. It summarizes the current information on the topic and gives recommendations for future research direction. It is in early view in Biological Reviews! Check it out!
The second annual ATKAPPS Exchange occurred at the University of Georgia this past weekend. The Atkinson lab visited the Capps lab at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA to experience a different campus and to get exposed to various research labs. We visited with members of the Capps lab, other Ecology faculty, and faculty based at the University of Georgia's River Basin Center. Saturday was spent exploring a nearby natural area, Panther Creek waterfall. This exchange allows for conversations and collaborations of research and catching up with old friends. Thank you to the Capps lab for hosting us! We are looking forward to hosting the Capps lab in Tuscaloosa next fall. Below there are a few photos from the hike!
Congratulations to Jane Kunberger on receiving an Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences! She has already been busy in the lab, but this grant will allow her to pursue her own research project. Her project is entitled: "Freshwater Acidification in the Near Future and How it May Affect Freshwater Mussels".
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!