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

November 9, 2022

I just learned about our 53rd publication from the Meta-analysis class. Nice job, Andrea!

Paez, A. M., M. Sundaram, and J. R. Willoughby. 2021. Comparison of minimally invasive monitoring methods and live trapping in mammals. Genes 12(12):1949. (Website)

November 7, 2022

Sarah Zohdy’s meta-analysis class group project has been published. Congrats to Jordan for leading a bunch of awesome students to get this paper out! This is our class’ 52nd paper. Wow! As a special bonus, I just heard Sarah on NPR discussing her CDC research about mosquitos.

Eckert, J., S. Oladipupo, Y. Wang, S. Jiang, V. Patel, B. McKenzie, N. Lobo, and S. Zohdy. In press. Which trap is best? Alternatives to outdoor human landing catches for malaria vector surveillance: a meta-analysis. Malaria Journal

November 2, 2022

Alan has recently learned that he is the recipient of one of the highest honors available to faculty at Auburn University – The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching – which recognizes faculty who are effective teachers, advisors, and mentors. The College of Agriculture recently advertised the award, too. Cash was able to join me for a fancy lunch with Dr. Leischuck, AU President Chris Roberts, AU Provost Vini Nathan, and past recipients of the award. Fun event!

October 28, 2022

Matt Gladfelter and Edna Fernandez-Figueroa recently shared their research at the 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae in New York. Matt walked away with the Best Student Talk Honorable Mention Award. Congrats, y’all.

October 24, 2022

Alan has passed the FAA Part 107 test to finally get his hands on the controls of the lab’s drones. This is something Alan has aspired to do for years. The test wasn’t too hard after reading this guide. Get your license today.

September 26, 2022

Jinhai’s class project has been published in Animal Nutrition! Congratulations, Jinhai. This is the 51st publication from my Meta-analysis class. Also, this is our fastest class project (May 2022) to publication (September 2022). Incredible!

Wang, J., A. E. Wilson, B. Su, and R. A. Dunham. In press. Functionality of dietary antimicrobial peptides in aquatic animal health: Multiple meta-analyses. Animal Nutrition

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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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