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)
Kevin Wang and I have gotten a new internal grant to determine how bioavailable “dissolved” phosphorus in aquaculture ponds really is. We think we might be over-estimating the actual amount of orthophosphate that is available for phytoplankton by using ~1um glass-fiber filters when processing samples.
I just got back from a nice trip to Qui Nhon, Vietnam, to present some of the lab’s research on algal blooms as part of a workshop on environmental pollution. This was my first long distance trip since covid and glad to have had the opportunity to meet scientists from around the world. Eating awesome Vietnamese food was a bonus. The beautiful dogs and cats were spectacular.
Our NSF REU Site in warm-water aquatic ecology has come to an end. Our 11 REU students ended their 10-week experience with a final poster symposium.
Matt, Ansley (Kevin Wang’s lab), and I made a quick run to beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, to share our research at the Arkansas Water Resources and Watersheds Conference organized by Brian Haggard. We had a wonderful time. The best part of the trip was seeing my past student, Brie Olsen, who is running Arkansas’ Harmful Algal Bloom program.
Thuane’s class project has been published in Energies! Congratulations, Thuane. This is the 50th publication from my Meta-analysis class. Incredible testament to my awesome students.
Anacleto, T. M., B. Kozlowsky-Suzuki, A. E. Wilson, and A. Enrich-Prast. In Press. Comprehensive meta-analysis of pathways to increase biogas production in the textile industry. Energies
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!
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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.