A big congratulations to Taylor Kelley and Lacey Kohler (wundergrads in the lab) on getting their research proposals funded by UA's ASSURE grant! Taylor will be studying crayfish community structure and abundance in stream reaches that vary in intermittence in one of the AIMS study watersheds in Greene County, Alabama. Lacey's work is in the same watershed which is owned by Weyerhaueser Company, a forestry company. She will be studying how the construction of roads and other silvicultural activities may be impacting sediment transport in streams using an experimental Before-After Control-Impact (BACI) design. Both will be presenting their research at UA's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference next month.
Additionally, Taylor recently got her first 1st-authored paper accepted and published in Ecology & Evolution! Our research shows that native freshwater mussels and invasive Corbicula fluminea have a strong overlapping distribution. This supports the hypothesis that Corbicula are not limited by habitat factors and may be passengers of change in rivers where mussels have declined due to habitat degradation. See the full manuscript!
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
My life is like a float trip!