Dan Knapp's experiment is about to kickoff to examine how predators impact tissue stoichiometry and excretion of larval anurans over growth and development. He has set his mesocosms up at the Jones Ecological Research Center and was able to collect leopard frog egg masses at a wetland onsite. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Lora Smith at the Jones Center. We are excited about his setup and look forward to seeing the results!
Brian van Ee received a research grant to fund more of his work examining the thermal preferences of unionid freshwater mussels. To date he has measured respiration, filtration, and excretion rates of five mussel species across a gradient of temperatures. This grant will allow him to expand this work to other species. Congratulations, Brian!
Atkinson traveled to Palau to help teach a course on Invertebrate Conservation with Rebecca Rundell (SUNY-ESF), Jesse Czekanski-Moir (SUNY-ESF), and Anuschka Faucci (Univ. of Hawaii - Manoa). Students were from SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University. Atkinson taught the students about general aquatic ecology with a focus on the invertebrate communities, which are decapod dominated (!), of these island streams. Rundell and Czekanski-Moir focused on terrestrial ecology and invertebrates (snails and ants!) while Faucci's shifted the students' attention to the marine realm. It was a great experience and we hope to include UA students the next time!
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!