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".
We have complete our physical habitat and water chemistry sampling! We are now busy with quantitative mussel surveys and that is going to keep us busy up until September.
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!