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)
March 3, 2023
Li Li’s lab has published an exciting paper showing how phytoplankton and bacteria influence off-flavors in cold-water aquaculture!
Li, S., F. Wei, X. Dong, M. Pan, L. Li, X. Tian, Q. Gao, and A. E. Wilson. 2023. Shift of phytoplankton and microbial communities cause seasonal dynamics of odor compounds in Oncorhynchus mykiss cultured in a freshwater reservoir. Aquaculture 570:739422.
February 7, 2023
Ansley’s first MS chapter has been published, and she hasn’t even graduated yet! Impressive!!
Hamid, A., A. E. Wilson, H. A. Torbert, and D. Wang. 2023. Sorptive removal of phosphorus by flue gas desulfurization gypsum in batch and column systems. Chemosphere 320:138062.
January 10, 2023
Riley has published the fourth and final chapter of his dissertation! Nice job.
Buley, R. P., M. F. Gladfelter, E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa, and A. E. Wilson. In press. Complex effects of dissolved organic matter, temperature, and initial bloom density on the efficacy of hydrogen peroxide to control cyanobacteria. Environmental Science and Pollution Research
December 15, 2022
The WilsonLab held a fun cookie swap and our School held a holiday meal to celebrate the end of 2022. We are ready for 2023!
December 3, 2022
The WilsonLab organized a needed and long overdue cookout at the ponds. Despite a poor weather forecast, turnout was incredible!
November 15, 2022
Suzie recently shared her final presentation focused on cool phytoplankters in her art class.
We are looking for a postdoc!
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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.