A busy week for the lab group!
Anne Marie, Lauren, and Brian got mesocosm experiments setup this week. The mesocosms will explore the impact of various mussel species on benthic algae growth and leaf litter decomposition.
Drs Atkinson and Davis setup integrated sediment samplers in the Sipsey River to attempt to capture a storm event. Hoping for rain!
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.
Two new papers from the Atkinson lab have been published within weeks of one another! One paper on evaluating ecosystem services has been published in the Journal of Water Resources and Planning. The other paper is on algal community assemblages in the Kiamichi River and is out online in Aquatic Ecology!
Links are here:
Algal community assemblages and Willingness to pay for Ecosystem Services
The lab participated in Science Sunday at the University of Alabama Natural History Museum this past weekend. We provided information on freshwater mussels and amphibians. Additionally, we had some nice audio for local frog calls.
The recipients of the E.O. Wilson Fellowship for the summer included three graduate students part of the Center for Freshwater Studies. From left to right - Thomas Olinger, Brian van Ee, and Rebecca Bearden.
Research in southwest Georgia at the Jones Ecological Research Center. Stephen Golladay took all of these wonderful photos.
Brian van Ee, a PhD student in the Atkinson lab, received a Walter F. Coxe Research Grant from the Birmingham Audubon Society!
Scotty McLeay's thesis proposal and site use request was approved by the J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center!
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!