Title: Engineering a cost-effective biochar-surfactant system for sorption and degradation of PFAs in drinking water and groundwater in Alabama

Funding: AWRRI USGS section 104 program – $25,000

Duration: September 2021 – August 2022

Collaborators: Dengjun Wang (PI, Auburn University) and Jim Stoeckel (co-PI, Auburn University)

Title: Creating a tool for forecasting harmful algal blooms using earth observations and machine learning to predict (HELP) high risk surface water sources

Funding: AAES AgR-SEED program – $149,546

Duration: September 2021 – August 2023

Collaborators: Stephanie Rogers (PI, Auburn University), Yin Bao (co-PI, Auburn University), and Edna Fernandez-Figueroa (co-PI, Auburn University)

Title: Harmful algal blooms: Prevalence and control measures for the domestic fish and shellfish industries

Funding: USDA – Agricultural Research Service – $1,070,000

Duration: June 2020 – May 2025

Collaborators: Benjamin Beck (USDA ARS)

Title: Development of a bacterial-algal-zooplankton process for conversion of agricultural waste into aquaculture feed

Funding: USDA – NIFA AFRI Energy and Environment program – $434,658

Duration: May 2020 – April 2024

Collaborators: Brendan Higgins (PI, Biosystems Engineering) and Rishi Prasad (co-PI, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences)

Title: Dimensions of Biodiversity: Collaborative Research: Phylogenetic, genetic, and functional diversity of the cyanobacterial bloom interactome from local to global scales

Funding: National Science Foundation (Dimensions of Biodiversity program) – $1,999,994

Duration: August 2018 – September 2023

Collaborators: Dave Hambright (OU PI) and Lee Krumholz (co-PI) (University of Oklahoma), Hans Paerl (UNC PI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Morgan Steffen (JMU PI, James Madison University)

Title: REU Site: Warm-water aquatic ecology

Funding: National Science Foundation (REU program) – $358,834

Duration: September 2017 – August 2022

Website: https://wilsonlab.com/reu/

Title: Making to Advance Knowledge, Excellence, and Recognition in STEM (MAKERS)

Funding: National Science Foundation (S-STEM program) – $2,034,382

Duration: October 2016 – September 2022

Collaborators: Overtoun Jenda (PI, Auburn University) and others at Tuskegee University, Oakland University, and Alabama A&M University

Past Projects


Title: MRI RAPID: Acquisition of a FlowCAM for concurrent analysis of marine and estuarine hydrocarbon particles, microbes, and microinvertebrate assemblages

Funding: National Science Foundation (MRI program) – $100,002

Duration: September 2010 – September 2011

Collaborators: Tony Moss (PI), Ken Halanych (co-PI), and Mark Liles (co-PI) (Auburn University)

Tool: Portable FlowCAM

Title: Toxic cyanobacterial blooms and fish farming

Funding: Auburn University Agricultural Experimental Station – $54,650

Duration: October 2007 – September 2008

Collaborators: Jesse Chappell (co-PI, Auburn University)

Title: Collaborative Research: Consequences of consumer adaptation for ecosystem responses to fertilization and food-web perturbations

Funding: National Science Foundation (Ecology program) – $125,545 (total $411,728)

Duration: March 2009 – February 2014

Collaborators: Orlando “Ace” Sarnelle (co-PI, Michigan State University)

Title: Forecasting toxic cyanobacterial blooms throughout the southeastern U.S.

Funding: USGS – National Institutes for Water Resources – $247,891

Duration: September 2011 – August 2014

Collaborators: Russell Wright (co-PI, Auburn University) and Kevin Schrader (co-PI, USDA)

https://wilsonlab.com/bloom_network/ 

Algal bloom forecasting website – https://wilsonlab.com/bloom_network/forecasting.html

Title: Forecasting the ecological health of coastal waters in Alabama and China

Funding: Ocean University China – Auburn University Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Science – $75,000

Duration: January 2017 – December 2017

Collaborators: Xing Fang (co-PI, AU Civil Engineering)

Title: Do toxic cyanobacteria threaten Alabama’s drinking water reservoirs?

Funding: AAES AgR-SEED program – $50,000

Duration: October 2016 – September 2018

Collaborators: Dennis Harrison (co-PI, Alabama Department of Environmental Management)

Title: Biomanipulation as a tool to enhance aquaculture through the management of toxic cyanobacteria

Funding: USDA – NIFA Aquaculture program – $261,613

Duration: September 2017 – August 2020

Collaborators: Luke Roy (co-PI, Fisheries)

Title: Elucidating the causes and controls of off-flavor episodes in aquaculture in China and the southeastern US

Funding: Ocean University China – Auburn University Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Science – $74,575

Duration: October 2019 – September 2021

Collaborators: Li Li (co-PI, Ocean University)

Title: Biomanipulation as a tool to enhance aquaculture through the management of toxic cyanobacteria

Funding: USDA – NIFA Aquaculture program – $261,613

Duration: September 2017 – August 2020

Collaborators: Luke Roy (co-PI, Fisheries)

Title: Bridging the gap between science, people, and policy for sustainable watershed management in the Tallapoosa River basin and beyond

Funding: Auburn University Water Center – $67,636 (total $500,000)

Duration: June 2008 – May 2010

Collaborators: Bill Deutsch (PI) and many others (Auburn University)

Title: Bloom-chasing: Establishing a monitoring network for toxic cyanobacterial blooms in Alabama’s freshwater systems

Funding: Auburn University Hatch program – $50,000

Duration: October 2008 – September 2010

Collaborators: Jim Stoeckel (co-PI, Auburn University)

Product: models useful for forecasting algal and cyanobacterial blooms