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
Historic Grant Funding (Millions)
Justin Havird’s Hawaiian anchialine shrimp manuscript was just accepted at Limnology and Oceanography. This is one of the most complex and thorough projects I haver ever been connected with. Nice job, Justin.
Havird, J., P. M. Brannock, R. M. Yoshioka, R. C. Vaught, K. Carlson, C. Edwards, A. Tracy, C. W. Twining, Y. Zheng, D. Chai, A. E. Wilson, N. G. Hairston, Jr., S. R. Santos. In press. Grazing by an endemic atyid shrimp controls microbial communities in the Hawaiian anchialine ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography.
Mario Barros, a past visiting researcher from Brazil, stopped by the lab on his way to the Toxic Cyanobacterial Conference. We miss you, Mario!
David’s meta-analysis class project has been published. This is our 49th paper from this class!!
Martinez, D. A., B. W. Newcomer, T. Passler, and M. F. Chamorro. In press. Efficacy of bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) vaccines to reduce morbidity and mortality in calves within experimental infection models: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Riley’s third chapter from his dissertation has been published! Nice job, Riley. This is our 48th paper from this class!!
Buley, R. P., M. F. Gladfelter, E .G. Fernandez-Figueroa, and A. E. Wilson. In press. Can correlational analyses help determine the drivers of microcystin occurrence in freshwater ecosystems? A meta-analysis of microcystin and associated water quality parameters. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
The lab is growing again. Dr. Rajdeep Dutta, an assistant professor from the Department of Aquatic Environment Management at Assam Agricultural University in Assam, India, just arrived and will spend the next six months with us to study biomanipulation control of harmful algal blooms. Welcome, Rajdeep!
Jameela is heading to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for Dental School this summer!! Congrats, Jameela. We are very proud of you.
Our lab is losing a fantastic visiting researcher from Germany – Susie Wittenzeller. We will miss you but know that our paths will cross again in the future.
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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?
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.