Cyanobacteria Testing Pond - Auburn Alabama

Studying ecological factors influencing cyanobacterial bloom formation in recreational reservoirs, aquaculture ponds, and other systems along with studying factors leading to taste, odor, and toxicity issues in drinking water reservoirs.


Current PhD & MS Students


Past PhD & MS Students


Current Undergrad Researchers


Past Undergrad Researchers


Lab Publications


Historic Grant Funding (Millions)

Latest News

June 6, 2024

The lab is growing again. Big welcome to our new undergrad researchers, Lilly, Chris, and Tyler, and high school researcher, Evin.

April 30, 2024

The lab is saying goodbye to several undergrad researchers, Lauren, Parker, and Ainsley! We will miss y’all.

April 28, 2024

Auburn students won several awards at the recent SE SETAC meeting in Orlando, FL. Ashley Hennessey (2nd from right) won the Best Oral Presentation award!!

March 21, 2024

Qichen’s class project has been published!! Nice job, Qichen. This is the 60th paper from my Meta-analysis class.

Wang, Q., B. Higgins, A. Fallahi, and A. E. Wilson. 2024. Engineered algal systems for the treatment of anaerobic digestate: a meta-analysis. Journal of Environmental Management 356:120669.

We are looking for a new Postdoctoral Researcher!

Interested prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact Alan at

We are looking for a new Research Assistant!

Interested prospective technicians are encouraged to contact Alan at

We are looking for new Ph.D. or M.S. students to join us in 2024 or 2025!

Interested prospective students are encouraged to contact Alan at Learn more about these openings here!

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About the Lab

Our approach to research is multidimensional. First, we use large-scale observational studies and meta-analysis of existing data from the literature to discover patterns in nature. Then, we identify mechanisms mediating these patterns through laboratory and field-based experimentation.

As a community ecologist, I am generally interested in consumer-prey interactions and identifying the ecological and evolutionary consequences of intraspecific genetic and phenotypic variation on aquatic communities and ecosystems. My current research focuses on the ecology of cyanobacterial blooms with an emphasis on understanding how biotic and abiotic factors influence cyanobacterial bloom formation in a variety of systems including recreational reservoirs and aquaculture ponds. In tandem with our harmful algal bloom research, the lab is also studying the factors leading to taste, odor, and toxicity issues in drinking water reservoirs.

Want to Join the Lab?

Wilson Lab students set up experiment

I am always looking for hard-working, honest, and self-motivated graduate and undergraduate students to join our group. I encourage individual thinking, so it is not critical that we share identical research interests. But, it is important that you are fascinated by science and want to explore how the natural world works. Please email me your resume, transcripts, GRE scores (if applicable), research interests, and contact information for three references and we will try to find a spot for you in the lab.