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.

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Latest News

June 10, 2022

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.

June 9, 2022

One of our past REU students, Cristina Garcia, just published her REU project in Estuaries and Coasts with her mentor, Chris Anderson. Congrats, Cristina and Chris! This is our program’s 30th publication!

May 26, 2022

Mario Barros, a past visiting researcher from Brazil, stopped by the lab on his way to the Toxic Cyanobacterial Conference. We miss you, Mario!

May 15, 2022

Our REU Site in Aquatic Ecology has officially started! We have got 11 awesome undergrad researchers from around the country joining us this summer. Let the fun begin.

May 2, 2022

My PhD advisor, Mark Hay, has just been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the biggest honors an academic scientist can achieve on the planet. Congrats, Mark!!

May 11, 2022

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

April 19, 2022

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

March 22, 2022

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!

March 21, 2022

Jameela is heading to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for Dental School this summer!! Congrats, Jameela. We are very proud of you.

February 28, 2022

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?

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.


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