Dan Knapp successfully defended his thesis, Development and life-history traits affect larval anuran stoichiometry and role in wetland ecosystem nutrient storage on 10/24/2019. His thesis examines tissue stoichiometry in several species of tadpoles as they undergo development and uses those data to scale nutrient storage across several wetlands. Several faculty and students attended the public portion of Dan's defense and he survived questions from Drs. Lora Smith, Jon Benstead, and Carla. Great work Dan! Can't wait to see the article to come.
Dan drove up from the Jones Ecological Research Center to come present on his master's research in the Department of Biological Sciences seminar series at the University of Alabama. Dan conducted a practice talk Thursday night at Druid City Brewing Company with the lab group and visitors from University of Mississippi. Same talk, but slightly different atmosphere. Dan's research is on the role of life history and developmental traits on larval anuran stoichiometry and he will be defending his master's in only a couple of weeks!
Carla co-authored a paper with Hal Halvorson (new assistant professor at Central Arkansas!) examining the total flux of egesta and excreta from aquatic consumers. This paper is being published as part of a special issue on Ecological Stoichiometry for Aquatic Ecosystem Studies in the journal diversity. The paper is open access, so you can easily view the full text of the paper here: https://www.mdpi.com/1424-2818/11/10/189
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!