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)
Zane’s new paper about toxic and stinky benthic cyanobacteria in rivers has been published in Water Research. Nice job, Zane.
Rider, Z., A. Percich, Y. Hiripitiyage, T. D. Harris, B. S.M. Sturm, A. E. Wilson, E. D. Pollock, J. R. Beaver, and A. Husic. 2024. Drivers of cyanotoxin and taste-and-odor compound presence within the benthic algae of human-disturbed rivers. Water Research 253:121357.
The WilsonLab is growing again. Welcome to the lab our new PhD student, Gabriela Ágreda López.
2024 is already starting off well. Emily’s meta-analysis project was just published in BioScience. This was only due to Emily’s persistence and hard work. The first set of reviews required another literature search that highlighted hundreds of studies to consider for this study. Great job, Emily.
Congratulations to our super star high school student, Saranya Anantapantula, for getting accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Management and Technology program. Impressive!
Another productive year done for the WilsonLab! Excited to see what 2024 has in store for us.
The lab organized another successful holiday cookie swap that included several labs. I was out sampling green ponds but saw a bald eagle relaxing in a tree (sorry the resolution isn’t great…). Fortunately, the students saved me some sweets when I got back to the lab.
The lab is losing two wonderful members. Suzie Tenison (below) has completed her M.S. (non-thesis) and Anna Claire Mollica has completed her undergraduate degree. Congrats! We are expecting big things from both of you. Of course, you will be missed. And, yes, Kate is levitating in the bottom picture.
Hannah has set a new record. Her second M.S. chapter was just published and she completed her M.S. last August. Nice work, Hannah, and rest of the lab. Large-scale field experiments are where it is at!
Zinnert, H. M., M. F. Gladfelter, S. E. Tenison, H. Peyton Poe, K. L. Merrill, A. V. Hennessey, M. B. McDonald, D. Wang, H. A. Torbert, and A. E. Wilson. 2024. Impacts of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum on water quality and the algal community in catfish aquaculture ponds. Aquaculture 581:740406.
Matt’s collaboration with Morgan Steffen’s lab at James Madison just produced a nice paper in Harmful Algae. Excellent work!
Baylous, H. R., M. F. Gladfelter, M. I. Gardner, M. Foley, A. E. Wilson, and M. M. Steffen. 2024. Indole-3-acetic acid promotes growth in bloom-forming Microcystis via an antioxidant response. Harmful Algae 133:102575.
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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.