The lab has an exciting new outreach opportunity. We have been asked to help improve the overall aesthetics of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art pond, which has been experiencing spectacular blooms the past year or so. We are up to the challenge and look forward to using some of what we have learned through our NSF and USDA projects to get this pond back to beautiful again.
Angelea’s extension article describing some of the interesting findings from our USDA project focused on biomanipulation has been published! Nice job, Angelea. Belfiore, A. and A. E. Wilson. 2020. Improving catfish pond water quality by reducing planktivorous fish abundance. Fish Farming News 2020(1):8-10. (PDF)
Victoria’s hard work paid off last summer as part of our NSF REU Site in warm-water aquatic ecology. Fastest project to publication ever! Congrats, Victoria, Jaelen, and Ian. Myers, J. N., A. J. Bradford, V. S. Hallas, L. L. Lawson, T. E. Pitcher, R. A. Dunham, and I. A.E. Butts. 2020. Channel catfish ovarian fluid differentially enhances blue catfish sperm performance. Theriogenology 149:62-471. (Website)
Jingping’s meta-analysis class project focused on nutrititional additives in aquaculture feed has been published! Way to go, Jingping. Guo, J., Y. Bao, R. Davis, A. Abebe, A. E. Wilson, and D. A. Davis. 2020. Application of meta-analysis toward understanding the effect of adding a methionine hydroxy analog in the diet on growth performance and feed utilization of fish and shrimp. Reviews in Aquaculture 12(4):2316-2332. (PDF)
We have also learned that we will be starting a new, ambitious USDA project with our ARS colleague, Benjamin Beck, to expand our algal bloom management efforts in west Alabama. I am super excited to get this project started.
I am sad to report that our NSF REU Site in warm-water aquatic ecology has decided to cancel our 2020 program. We are hoping to have a few of the 2020 REU students conduct research in Auburn this summer if the coronavirus pandemic subsides and campus returns to normal. Fingers crossed! We will begin recruiting for our summer 2021 program this fall.