at Auburn University
Past news from the WilsonLab at Auburn!
Edna and I just returned from an amazing trip
to Cienfuegos, Cuba, to join our colleagues from Dauphin
Island Sea Lab, including
, to study algal blooms in freshwater
and marine systems. Honestly, this might have been the
best field trip I have ever had. The people we worked
with could not have been more welcoming and supportive.
I hope to return soon.
Pandora's meta-analysis project has been
published in Aquaculture. This is the 21st paper
produced from the class and first lead by an MS student.
You are awesome, Pandora.
P., A. E. Wilson, and W. C. Walton. 2019. A
meta-analysis of growth rate in diploid and triploid
This month has been incredibly busy...
Lily and I attend SIL in Nanjing, China号百彩票平台注册, as
well as seeing our friends at Nanjing Normal University.
On the way, we saw The Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
Our REU Site has
ended after 10 productive weeks. We have had some
terrific groups in the past, but this is probably the best.
I am expecting several papers to be produced from this
cohort. Good job,y'all.
Our NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity proposal
has been funded! I am psyched to be working with
(University of Oklahoma),
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and
(James Madison University) to better
understand HABs. We are looking for students to join
us to work on this project. Interested?
I was recently elected to join the National
Harmful Algal Bloom Committee, which helps motivate
research, education, and policies related to algal blooms.
Looking forward to joining the team.
I was just notifed that I am the southeastern
US winner of the 2018 USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences
Excellence in Teaching award. My great students share
this award with me. One of the nice perks of this
award is that I get to participate in the awards banquent in
one of my favorite cities, New Orleans.
We have been getting some press interest in
our new BioScience paper focused on assessing undergrad
research experiences, inlcuding
Mary's class project has been
published! Congrats, Mary and Althea! Your
persistence paid off. Delaney, M.,
A. ArchMiller, D. P. Delaney, A. E. Wilson, and E.
J. Sikora. 2018. Effectiveness of fungicide on
soybean rust in the southeastern United States: a meta-analysis.
Mario has returned to Brazil to complete his
PhD next month and then join the drinking water industry.
He will be greatly missed but we know that we will see him
Yang's limnocorral experiment showing strong
effects of hydrogen peroxide treatments on toxic
cyanobacteria in an aquaculture pond has been accepted for
publication. Cool study, Yang.
Yang, Z., R. P. Buley, E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa,
M. U.G. Barros, S. Rajendran, and A. E. Wilson. 2018.
Hydrogen peroxide treatment promotes chlorophytes over toxic
cyanobacteria in a hyper-eutrophic aquaculture pond.
Edna, Lily, and I lead
educational events at the Lee County Water Festival. It was
great to work with our local 4th graders.
Our paper showing strong, clear short- and
long-term effects of REU experiences on participants has
been accepted at BioScience. Anyone who has experience
working with REU programs won't be surprised by our
findings, but we hope that our study will encourage more
students and faculty to be interested in participating and
leading REU programs, respectively. Wilson, A. E.,
J. L. Pollock, I. Billick,
E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa,
E. Nagy, T. D. Steury, and A. Summers. 2018.
Assessing science training programs: Structured
undergraduate research programs make a difference.
Edna lead a great outreach event
at our local museum. All the kids wanted to look
through the scope to see Daphnia!
Rachel Zitomer (2012 REU student)
just learned that she was awarded an NSF GRFP to attend
Oregon State University this fall. Good work, Rachel!
Our German buddy, Bettina Welz,
came back to visit us for spring break! We miss
LeeAnn just learned that she is a
recipient of an AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship that
she will use to conduct an awesome experiment she proposed
next academic year. Congrats, LeeAnn!
Another great prison outreach
event with Edna and at Staton Correctional Facility. Our
students were incredible, as always.
Our extension article describing some of our
efforts to use ecology to control toxic algae in aquaculture
is out. Wilson, A. E.,
E. G. Fernandez, R. Buley, and L.
A. Roy. 2018. Is sustainable control of toxic algae a
reality for catfish aquaculture?
Fish Farming News 2018(1):7-8.
Edna's and my short extension
article targeting drinking water utilities dealing with
toxic cyanobacteria has been published. In short, we
strongly encourage all water resource managers to get a
microscope and some training to identify phytoplankton in
their waterbodies. Wilson, A. E. and E. G.
Fernandez-Figueroa. 2018. Preparing water resource managers
to identify and measure toxic cyanobacteria.
Our cow pond paper is finally
out. In this study, we learned that cow access to
ponds can reduce abundance of toxic cyanobacteria due to
increased bioturbation (i.e., cows walking in ponds makes
them muddy!). Wilson, A. E., M. F. Chislock, Z. Yang,
M. U.G. Barros, and J. F. Roberts. 2018.
Pond bank access as an approach for managing toxic
cyanobacteria in beef cattle pasture drinking water ponds.
Environmental Monitoring and
Ryan has gotten
about his new
Site in Warm-water aquatic ecology is nearing the end of
our student recruitment efforts. We have got a bunch
of awesome undergraduates heading to Auburn this summer.
It will be another terrific REU summer.
My old pal from NSF,
, invited me to visit her at Georgia
Southern to share some of my lab's research. It was a
The n-fixation master,
, finally offered a hands-on training session
for me. The trip to Baylor was excellent. Lots
of great food, fellowship, and n-fixation. I also
happened along the Fixer Upper compound during a morning
breakfast hunt. I had no idea what the
was (thanks to a lack of cable tv for
many years) but learned that it is the center of the Waco
Bryant's thesis has found its way
into circulation at Freshwater Science. Nice job,
Bryant! Baker, B. C., A. E. Wilson, and
J. T. Scott. 2018. Phytoplankton N2 fixation
efficiency and its effect on harmful algal blooms.
WilsonLab is growing again! We are excited to welcome
three new undergrads, AnaSara Kipp, Kate Baker, and Harris
Pride, to the team.
recently learned that his work defining river plumes in Lake
Michigan using stable isotopes has been accepted for
publication. Great job, Yusuf. This is the first
paper from our Lake Michigan river plume project.
Jameel, Y., S. Stein, E. Grimm, C. Roswell, A. E. Wilson,
C. Troy, T. Höök, and G.
Physicochemical characteristics of a southern Lake Michigan
Journal of Great Lakes Research
meta-analysis class project focused on the value of bird
carotenoids for evaluating individual animal quality has been published.
Good job, Ryan! Weaver,
R. J., E. S. A. Santos, A.
M. Tucker, A. E. Wilson, and G. E. Hill. 2018.
Carotenoid metabolism strengthens the link between feather
coloration and quality.
has departed the lab. It has been a great year.
We will see you again in Nanjing this August at the SIL
teaching and research efforts were recently honored by the
College号百彩票官网 of Agriculture. I truly appreciate both awards
but of the two, I am most excited about the Dean's Award for
Excellence in Instruction that would not be possible without
the hard work of my many fantastic students. My buddy,
, received the College号百彩票官网 of Agriculture
High Impact paper award. Good job, Sushil!
I recently learned that all of my
service for ASLO has paid off. I am officially an
was a huge success. Not only did
Edna receive the best student poster (you rock, Edna!), our
proposal to host the next Symposium in November 2019 at
Orange Beach, Alabama, was selected. We have lots of
work to do between now and then.
Mallary Clay's REU project has
finally made its way to
This is our 21st publication
from our REU Site in warm-water
Two sessions on harmful algal
blooms that I proposed with excellent scientists from around
the world for the
have been accepted. One session is more general and will
focus on marine and freshwater HABs
while the other session is
more focused on cyanobacteria
. Please joins us.
Edna was awarded 2nd place for her
poster about our drinking water project in the College号百彩票官网 of
Agriculture Graduate Student Poster Showcase. Good
job, Edna. We will need to invest in a new shelf to
hold all of your awards.
I had the opportunity to return to
the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Annual
Surface Water meeting in Montgomery for the third year in a
row. This year, I was able to share exciting results
from our state-wide drinking water reservoir survey.
Edna was just formally honored by
the AL/MS AWWA for her research. Congrats,
My trip to Hanover, Germany, to
participate in the DynaTrait conference was incredible.
A whole week of eco-evo talks focused on freshwater
plankton. How can things get better? Oh yeah, I
got to see some of my European buddies.
Romi's meta-analysis project has
been accepted for publication. This is the fastest
turnaround time for any paper from my meta-analysis class.
Good job, Romi!
Novriadi, R. 2017. A
meta-analysis approach toward fish meal replacment with
fermented soybean meal: effects on growth performance and
feed conversion ratio. Asian
Fisheries Science Journal 30(4):227-244. (PDF)
Nathan Hartline, a past AU
student, asked me to help do some limnological sampling of
DeKalb county fishing lake to figure out why the fish
community is doing so well. I blame good fisheries
Things continue to get busier.
We just learned that our USDA-NIFA proposal to use super
Daphnia to control toxic and off-flavor producing
cyanobacteria in aquaculture ponds has been funded. We
finally get to run a huge, funded
whole pond field experiment! Thank you, USDA!
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to Riley (new PhD student), Trevor (undergrad researcher),
Bettina (DAAD Rise scholar), and Madeline (undergrad researcher). Work hard!
Our friend from Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C.,
, visited the lab as part of our NSF
INCLUDES workshop to create effective research training
programs for students with disabiltites.
Thanks to our friend, Jaquice
Boyd, from Birmingham Water Works, and the AL/MS AWWA, the
lab had a fun-filled night watching the Montgomery Biscuits.
Mario Barros, a PhD student from
the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil, just
joined the lab for a year. Edna, Mario, and I had a chance
to get in our green ponds, and Mario is still around.
That is a good sign.
My family just returned from an
awesome week at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks.
We saw lots of critters, including brown and black bear,
pronghorns, elk, many birds, and uinta squirrels. We
will be back. Plan your trip today.
Edna just received a $3,000
student scholarship from the
. She will be heading to Pt. Clear later
this year to talk about her drinking water research.
Enrique Doster, a past undergrad
researcher in the lab and current DVM/PhD student at
Colorado State, was awarded an incredible
. You are still
awesome, Enrique. Keep working hard!
As part of our AgR SEED project to
study algal toxins in Alabama drinking water systems, we are
organizing a workshop to train utility professional and
state agency scientists about harmful phytoplankton and
their toxins. We even got some folks excited about
learning how to measure algal toxins with ELISA.
I am thrilled to report that our
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) proposal to
extend our REU Site in warm-water aquatic ecology has been
funded. The program will occur during the summers of
I have recently joined the
editorial board for the journal,
, and look forward to seeing many
exciting and interesting HABs manuscripts.
Kai's persistence has paid off.
After several revisions, his interesting paper showing that
elevated temperature can impact maternal effects associated
with Daphnia tolerance to toxic cyanobacteria has
been accepted for publication! Lyu, K.,
L. Zhang, L. Gu, X. Zhu, A. E. Wilson,
and Z. Yang. 2017. Cladoceran offspring tolerance to
is promoted by maternal warming. Environmental
Pollution 227:451-459. (PDF)
Jess recently received 3rd place
for undergraduate oral presentations in the science and
technology section of the Auburn University This is Research
Symposium. Good job, Jess!
I recently participated in the Lee
County Water Festival where I was able to teach hundreds of
4th graders about (edible) aquifers. This was a great,
important event to educate our future leaders about
protecting and managing our precious freshwater resources.
I love this
statement from Terence Tao is so true. What really
matters is "hard work, directed by intuition, literature,
and a bit of luck."
Christian Moldaenke, from
visited the lab to use some of his company's new tools to
study our green ponds. It was a very productive and
fun visit and gave the lab a chance to get together for a
I was able to spend several days
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and got to see beautiful beaches,
rainforests, and cities as well as some old friends.
Auburn just released a nice
about the 14 new GRFP fellows at the
university. This is a record! War Eagle!
More good news! My past PhD
student, Michael Chislock, has just accepted a faculty
position at SUNY-Brockport to become their new limnologist.
Laurel's REU project was recently
accepted at the Journal of Coastal Research. This is our
REU Site's 20th REU student
publication. Good work, Laurel and Chris.
Low, L. and C. J. Anderson. In press.
The threat of a nonnative, invasive apple snail to
oligohaline marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Journal of Coastal Research.
Jessica's meta-analysis project
was accepted for publication in Contemporary Economic
Policy. This is our 17th class
publication and first in economics. Very
cool, Jessica! Merkle, J. and M.
Phillips. In press. The wage impact of teachers unions: a
As expected, ASLO in Honolulu was
a great time. I was able to participate in a
leadership workshop with John Downing and Debbie Bronk,
co-organize a 2.5 day-long session on HABs, see many old
friends, and hangout on the beautiful beaches.
Tammy DeVries organized an
incredible Wonders of Water program for two local Girl Scout
troops. I talked about drinking water treatment as well as what
microscopic creatures live in lakes that we don't want in
our drinking water. The Girl Scouts
enjoyed looking at phytoplankton, zooplankton, and
macroinvertebrates under the scopes. Definitely future
We just learned that Bettina Welz
from the Universitat Heidelberg (Germany) will be joining
the lab this summer through a
. We look forward to seeing you in
Auburn, Bettina. Alan
I recently led a HABs webinar for
nearly 100 water utility professionals in KY-TN through the
Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association. I
discussed some of our findings from our
USGS project focused
on forecasting blooms in the southeastern US.
Participants had some challenging questions for me related
to monitoring HABs as well as the effects of wastewater on
I had an opportunity to serve on
the technical advisory committee for the
who will thoroughly evaluate
fluorescence-based tools for studying harmful algal blooms
in marine and freshwater systems. A week in Monterey,
CA, is good for the soul. Plus, I was able to meet
with HABs scientists from around the world and watch the
jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Arevik was able to join me at two fun outreach events this
month, including the Certified Crop Advisor meeting (Auburn,
AL) and the annual Catfish update meeting (beautiful
Demopolis, AL), where I talked about the threat that harmful
algal blooms pose to livestock and fish health,
Janna has just published her
paper from our past meta-analysis class. This
is a new record for the course as well as the 16th paper
produced from this class. Wow! See full list here.
Willoughby, J. R., M. Sundaram, B.
K. Wijayawardena, M. C. Lamb, S. J. A. Kimble, Y. Ji, N. B.
Fernandez, J. D. Antonides, N. J. Marra, and J.
A. DeWoody. 2017. Biome and migratory behavior significantly
influence vertebrate genetic diversity. Biological
Journal of the Linnean Society 121(2):446-457.
and I just learned that our proposal to understand water
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funded starting January 2017. This project is one of
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Allison's meta-analysis project has just been accepted at
Oikos. Awesome job, Allison!
Hrycik, A. R., L. Z.
Almeida, and T. O. Höök.
2017. Sub-lethal effects on fish provide insights into a
biologically-relevant threshold of hypoxia.
is the 15th paper produced from my meta-analysis class.
See full list here.
October was a very busy month for me. I gave invited
talks at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (thanks,
Chuck Amsler!), US EPA Region 4 drinking water meeting
(thanks, Shawneille Campbell-Dunbar!), the Alabama Water and
Wastewater Institute (thanks, Richard Hanan!), and
two hour-long talks at the
Annual Alabama Surface Water Meeting (thanks, Jim Arnold!).
In addition, I gave a talk about harmful algal blooms at the
Alabama/Mississippi AWWA meeting.
Overtoun Jenda has
done it again. Our NSF S-STEM project involving our
colleagues at Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University,
and Oakland University, as well as other teaching focused
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will create research experiences and professional
development training for economically disadvanted students.
This is a huge opportunity for everyone involved.
from the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
visited the lab and shared his awesome research aimed at
using physical limnology models to understand algal bloom
dynamics in reservoirs. Reed is an limnological
I was able to attend the
in Perdido this year.
This is a wonderful meeting and great opportunity to see
friends in academia, industry, and government from around
Alabama. Plus, the dinner at the
to none. I will make this an annual tradition.
Katelyn McWhirter has joined the lab to help
us organize our USGS project dataset. I am still
trying to get her away from the computer for a photo.
Soon. Welcome号百彩票平台注册, Katelyn!
We are looking for folks to join us in Hawaii
this February for ASLO 2017 and participate in our HABs
. Submit your abstract
by 1 October 2016. Hope to see you there.
proposal to develop and enhance educational
and research opportunities for students with disabilities at
21 colleges throughout the southeastern US and Washington,
DC has been funded. Our project is one of 37 new
INCLUDES projects and the only
project focused on students with disabilities.
Overtoun Jenda was
our fearless leader. Excellent job making this happen!
Brie's second thesis chapter, which builds on
her first by adding the effect of vertical mixing on
off-flavors in a drinking water reservoir, has been accepted
for publication. Incredible job!
Olsen, B. K.,
M. F. Chislock,
A. Rebelein, and A. E.
Wilson. 2017. Nutrient enrichment and vertical mixing mediate 2-methylisoborneol
and geosmin concentrations in a drinking water
reservoir. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply
Although brief, I was able to attend ESA and
participate in an
. The event was super
informative. In addition, I led an NSF@号百彩票平台注册ESA dinner
which I hope will become an annual event. It was truly
awesome seeing my NSF friends.
Soon after returning to Auburn, I was able to
lead a plankton-based outreach event for 5 & 6 year-olds
from Lee Scott's summer camp program. The kids were
masters of the compound scopes and loved watching the
phytoplankton swim around. Definitely future
My two-year detail at NSF is finally over.
It was an incredible learning experience, and I made tons of
new friends. Now it is time to get back to writing
more proposals. On the way 号百彩票, my family was able to
visit a ton of beautiful places, including Yellowstone.
Plan your visit today. You won't be disappointed.
Despite the long wait, part of Zulema's
10-year portfolio analyses of the Population and Community
Ecology program have been published. They highlight
the fact that aquatic ecologists needs to submit more
proposals. Time to get back to work! Wilson, A.
E. and Z. A. Osorio. 2016. DEB Numbers: Are aquatic
DEBrief (NSF's Division of Environmental Biology
blog) 11 July 2016.
We just learned that Dr. Arevik Minasyan
(UNESCO in Armenia) was awarded a highly competitive
Fulbright Fellowship that will allow her to join the lab for
a whole year starting this December!
invited me to participate in an exciting
Earth Month/Environmental Studies Distinguished Speaker
Series at the University of Oklahoma. I had a great
time and even had an opportunity to give a television
interview about the threat of eutrophication on our water
My NSF buddy, Doug Levey, was able to join me
for an exciting prison outreach event in Clio, AL.
Doug's lecture on chilis was awesome and followed by one of
the more stressful drives I have had through the great state
of Alabama. Special thanks to Sargent and Pastor Jimmy
Helms for helping get us and my car back to Auburn.
Roger has done it again. Congrats on
another meta-analysis publication. You are incredible! Kollock, R.,
K. Games, A. E. Wilson,
and J. Sefton. 2016. Vehicle exposure and spinal musculature
warfighters: a meta-analysis.
Journal of Athletic Training
Lesley D'Anglada from USEPA in DC invited me
to give a talk about tools and techniques for monitoring
harmful algal blooms at the EPA Region 10 Harmful Algal
Bloom workshop in Seattle, WA. It was a great meeting
and got me thinking about the need to connect HABs
researchers who study these events in marine and freshwater
During my kid's spring break, I was able to
give an invited talk about harmful algal blooms in Alabama
at the Alabama Rural Water Association's technical training
conference in Mobile, AL. This was an incredible
opportunity for me to meet drinking water operators and
state water resource managers.
invited me to give a seminar at Kennesaw State.
While there, I also led an NSF outreach event for faculty
and administrators. I haven't been back to KSU for
almost 20 years and barely recognized campus. It has
grown so much.
Michael's LakeLine article has finally hit
the presses. Chislock, M. F. 2015. Ecology and
management of off-flavors and cyanotoxins.
LakeLine. Winter 2015:43-46 (PDF)
Brie's first chapter from her M.S. has been
accepted in Water Research. This study is the
first to experimentally demonstrate the connection between
fertilization and MIB production in a drinking water
reservoir. Her data are very cool and somewhat
surprising. Awesome work, Brie! Olsen, B. K., M. F. Chislock, and A. E. Wilson.
2016. Eutrophication mediates a common
off-flavor compound, 2-methylisoborneol, in a drinking water
reservoir. Water Research 92:228-234.
We survived Snowzilla! I have
never seen so much snow fall in such a short amount of time.
Through my second job at NSF, I was able to
spend a day at to tell everyone about opportunities at NSF.
It was especially awesome to me, since I received my A.S.
degree there in 1995 (yes, 21 years ago...I am getting old)
and was able to see two of my past professors - Margaret
Forrrester and Paul Arnold. I have great memories of
Ali's invited review in Harmful Algae
about cyanobacteria and zooplankton has finally found its
way to publication. Who would have ever thought that
writing a paper with seven opinionated researchers would be
so challenging... You did great, Ali! Ger, K. A., P. Urrutia-Cordero, P. C. Frost,
L.-A. Hansson, O. Sarnelle, A. E. Wilson,
and M. Lurling. 2016. The interaction between
cyanobacteria and zooplankton in a more eutrophic world.
Harmful Algae 54:128-144.
Michael's first sole author publication just
came out in LakeLine. Good stuff! Chislock, M. F. In press. Ecology and
management of off-flavors and cyanotoxins.
After the HABs meeting, I drove north through
beautiful central California to lead NSF outreach events at
Cal Poly and CSU-Monterey Bay. Both days were
educational for me and the faculty I met. Working at
NSF is fantastic.
I was able to attend the
in Long Beach where I
Jo-Marie's paper about our method to measure phycocyanin to
estimate cyanobacteria biovolume. It was a great
meeting, and I got to see many old friends. I was also
about to participate in the Young Investigators Program
outreach event to educate students about opportunities at
NSF. It was an awesome meeting.
This has been a busy month. I was
invited to give a talk about harmful algal blooms, algal
toxins, and off-flavors to the almost 400 attendees at the
annual Alabama Surface Water meeting in Montgomery.
This was a great experience.
Kai's has produced another exciting paper
from his dissertation that shows how Daphnia can
induce tolerance in their offspring to toxic cyanobacteria
when fed toxic and non-toxic
cyanobacteria. These data further highlight
interesting complexities associated with
cyanobacteria-zooplankton interactions. Lyu, K., H. Guan, C. Wu, X. Wang, A. E. Wilson,
and Z. Yang.
2016. Maternal consumption of non-toxic Microcystis
by Daphnia magna induces tolerance to
toxic Microcystis in offspring.
Freshwater Biology 61:219-228 (PDF)
The special session that
and I proposed for the
summer 2016 ASLO meeting in Santa Fe has been accepted.
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Amy Munsterman's Meta-Analysis class project
has just been accepted making it the 13th journal article
produced from our class. Incredibly good news!
Munsterman, A. S., J. J. Kottwitz, and R. R. Hanson. In
press. Meta-analysis of the effects of adhesion barriers on
adhesion formation in the horse.
See full list of
Meta-Analysis class publications here.
The lab has literally founds it finger on an
important NSF-wide document produced from the
Check out pages 9 and 37.
The lab welcomes to new undergrad research
volunteers, Courtney Andes (Marine Biology) and Eric Wittig
Brie's time in the lab has come to an end.
She will soon be moving to Tampa, FL, to start her new job
at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
We will miss you, Brie. Good luck to you.
Rebecca's new meta-analysis paper is an
awesome synthesis about how carotenoids do (or don't)
provide insights about bird performance. It is also
our 12th journal article produced from the Meta-Analysis
7350). Fantastic job, Rebecca! Koch, R. E., A. E. Wilson,
and G. E. Hill.
2016. The importance of carotenoid dose in
supplementation studies with songbirds.
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: Ecological and
Evolutionary Approaches 89(1):61-71. (PDF)
Roger has just published another
meta-analysis on his military-based kinesiology research.
He is a publishing machine! Great job, Roger. Kollock, R., C. Andrews, A. Johnston, T.
Elliott, A. E. Wilson,
K. Games, and J. Sefton.
2016. A meta-analysis to determine if lower extremity
muscle strengthening should be included in military knee
overuse injury prevention programs.
Journal of Athletic Training 51(11):919-926. (PDF)
I was able to attend ESA with my NSF
colleagues where I saw many old friends and learned
about exciting ecological research. As part of the
conference, Henry Gholz (NSF), Dan Stover (DoE), and I led a
involving 30+ agency
reps from 12 federal agencies.
The lab has a new virtual member, Zulema Osorio,
from Solano Community College号百彩票官网 (CA). Zulema will help me
conduct a thorough portfolio analysis of the NSF Population and
Community Ecology funding trends for the past 10 years.
A short article about my undergraduate mentor
award was published in the 2015 edition of the
Brie has successfully defended her thesis!
Congrats, Brie. Now, let's get those chapters
Ash's efforts to raise general awareness
about predatory journals has led to a new chapter in Auburn
University's . Bullard, A., D. DeVries, A.
Wilson, H. Kinnucan, P. Clement, G. Lockaby, and C. Newland. 2015. Science or snake oil: Scholarship and peer review in
the digital age. Book chapter in Auburn Speaks: On Cyber
and the Digital Domain. Published by Auburn
pp. 201-211. (PDF)
My incredible meta-analysis students continue to
amaze me. What started out as a standard class paper
discussion has led to a new article in Molecular Ecology aimed at
educating its authors what meta-analysis is and isn't.
Althea and Eric carried most of the burden of this project.
Seriously excellent job! ArchMiller, A. A., E. F. Bauer, R. E. Koch,
B. K. Wijayawardena, A. Anil, J. J. Kottwitz, A. S.
and A. E. Wilson. 2015. Formalizing the
definition of meta-analysis in Molecular Ecology.
I had a great visit to the
to see an old labmate, John
Parker, meet many of his colleagues, and share some of our lab's
research. SERC is a spectacular place. I am sure I
will be back.
Brie was awarded the best student presentation at
the in Prattville, AL.
After three long years, Jeff's meta-analysis
class project has found a 号百彩票 in Functional Ecology.
Slow but steady wins the race! Good work, Jeff.
Goessling, J. M., H. Kennedy, M. T. Mendonça,
and A. E. Wilson.
2015. A meta-analysis of plasma corticosterone and
heterophil:lymphocyte ratios - Is there conservation of
physiological stress responses over time?
With an incredibly heavy heart, I report that our
lab's good luck charm, Big Beau Wilson, has moved on to greener
pastures. He was a fantastic buddy. I miss him
deeply. I know I am not alone given that Beau had lots of
Roger's meta-analysis synthesizing data
regarding the impact of military vehicle ride exposure on
cervical pathology has been accepted. Good job, Mr.
Assistant Professor! Kollock, R., K. Games, A. E. Wilson,
and J. Sefton.
2015. Effect of vehicle-ride exposure on cervical
pathology - a meta-analysis.
Industrial Health 53:197-205. (PDF)
Kai's paper describing a potential mechanism
responsible for tolerance in Daphnia to toxic
cyanobacteria has been accepted. Good work, Kai!
Lyu, K., L. Zhang, X. Zhu, G. Cui, A. E. Wilson,
and Z. Yang. 2015. Arginine kinase in
the cladoceran Daphnia magna: cDNA
sequencing and expression is associated with resistance to
Aquatic Toxicology 160:13-21.
Work at NSF has kept me busy for the past few
months but I have had some time to engage folks at Auburn
University, including our Provost, Dr. Tim Boosinger, when I was
honored at the annual Awards Gala as the recipient of the
October is starting off well.
Jo-Marie's paper about using the pigment, phycocyanin, as a
quick way to estimate cyanobacterial biovolume has been
accepted. Excellent! Kasinak, J.-M. E., B. M. Holt, M. F. Chislock,
and A. E. Wilson. 2015. Benchtop
fluorometry of phycocyanin as a rapid approach for
estimating cyanobacterial biovolume.
Journal of Plankton Research
BJ's meta-analysis class project has set a
new speed record from class presentation to publication.
A new bar has been set for the rest of us. Good job,
BJ. Newcomer, B. J., P. H. Walz, M. D. Givens,
and A. E. Wilson. 2015. Efficacy of
bovine viral diarrhea virus vaccination to prevent
reproductive disease: a meta-analysis.
Anja has set sail for Germany. Twelve
weeks never seemed so short. She was a great addition
to the WilsonLab. I am sure our paths will cross again
in the future.
Brie was recently notified that she was
awarded a $250 research grant from the Graduate School to
support her research. Our wonderful 号百彩票官网 director,
Dr. John Jensen, offered to match this award.
Congrats, Brie, and thanks, John!
Michael and I participated in a fantastic
outreach event at Troy State-Dothan (where I got shirt in
photo below) where we got to excite elementary 号百彩票官网
teachers about aquatic ecology. We found lots of
beautiful bullfrog tadpoles with the gear we made.
Thad Scott just left the building. We
had a great visit with him associated with his prestigious
Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant.
I was able to participate in a conference
call about harmful algal blooms and hosted by
Jo-Marie's first chapter of her thesis
describing that lack of consumption of Lyngbya by
grass carp has been accepted for publication. Awesome
news. Kasinak, J.-M. E., C. J. Bishop, R. A. Wright, and A.
E. Wilson. 2015. Grass carp do not consume the nuisance
benthic cyanobacterium, Lyngbya wollei.
Journal of Aquatic Plant
Michael, Brie, and I got to attend the JASM
meeting in Portland. Brie gave an exciting talk and I
got to see some old friends, including Gretchen Gerrish.
I was notified by our Provost, Dr. Tim
Boosinger, that I have been awarded the
which recognizes my undergraduate training efforts.
This award would not be possible without the hard work of my
many awesome undergrads. Thank you!
, was awarded the Southeastern Conference Visiting
Faculty Travel Grant to support his stay in the beautiful
city of Auburn, Alabama, where he will work with us to
refine his skills for measuring cyanobacterial toxins.
We are looking forward to seeing you, Thad.
Brie was recently notified that she will get
$300 from the Auburn University Graduate School to present
some of her thesis research at
. Good work, Brie.
Our prison seminar series is in full force.
This year, Kyes Stevens, Doug Goodwin, Curtis Shannon, and I
have developed new courses and extended our prison science
seminar series, called Sparks. I just gave a series of
lectures about eutrophication at Easterling Correctional
Facility. My students were incredible, as usual.
Anja Rebelein, an undergrad from Germany,
will be joining us this summer to conduct field research
program. We are psysched about seeing
Anja this summer.
We had our final water quality workshop
associated with our USGS
project. As in the past years, our students were
I am finally getting a little break. I
am heading to the mountains in Asheville, NC, to participate
in the . The trip
cound not be more perfectly timed.
, from Florida Atlantic University visited us
and gave a cool seminar about his research in the
After years of prodding, Michael has finally
put together his own website...because of a class
Check it out.
Our past undergradaute researcher, Enrique
Doster, learned that he has been accepted into the Ph.D./DVM
program at Colorado State University (the third best vet
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I got to visit my Purdue colleagues again to
discuss our Lake Michigan project about drowned rivermouths.
My flight arrived just in time for me to get on the shuttle
to West Lafayette before the snow storm hit. I don't
miss the snow.
Michael and Katie's (2011
REU student) paper showing how the diazotroph, Cylindrospermopsis, dominates in super low
(expected) and high (unexpected) N:P conditions was just
accepted at Water Research. Good job, y'all.
Another successful REU project! Chislock, M. F., K. L. Sharp, and A. E. Wilson.
2014. Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii
dominates under very low and high nitrogen-to-phosphorus
ratios. Water Research 49:207-214. (PDF)
I finally got to get away for a short fishing
trip with the boys. Russ, Tyler, and I slayed the
redfish and trout in Venice, LA. I am ready to go back
to fishing paradise.
Kent's newly accepted paper in the Journal of
Athletic Training now makes FOUR pubs from my
meta-analysis course. I have the best, hardiest working
students. Congratulations, Kent! Games, K., J.
Sefton, and A. E. Wilson. In press. Effect of
whole-body vibration on blood flow and muscle oxygenation: a
meta-analysis. Journal of Athletic Training. (PDF)
Our star undergrad, Enrique, just learned that
his first-authored paper in the was accepted for publication.
He will be giving a talk about these data at the upcoming
meeting in Utah next month. You rock,
Enrique. Doster, E., M. F. Chislock, J. F. Roberts, J.
J. Kottwitz, and A. E. Wilson. 2014. Recognition of
an important water quality issue at zoos: prevalence and
potential threat of toxic cyanobacteria. Journal of Zoo
and Wildlife Medicine 45(1):165-168.
The students' story about their experiences at
the recent ASLO meeting in New Orleans has been published in
the recent addition of the ASLO Bulletin. Nice, y'all.
Olsen, B. K., C. Smith, M. Chislock, J. Kasinak, and E. Doster.
2013. Letter to the Editor: Association for the Sciences of
Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) 2013 Annual Meeting:
Students' perspectives. ASLO Bulletin 22(3):83-84.
helps pinpoint freshwater HABs throughout
the US. Also, see associated
. This story has been picked up by the
and other venues.
Jim Langcuster helped Rusty Wright and I
develop a through the Auburn
University Wire Eagle.
Michael's paper describing huge effects of
consumer offense on aquatic community structure and function
just got accepted at Ecology. Michael will be sharing
these data at the Ecological Society of America meeting next
month. Brie, Enrique, and Ace were also part of this
effort. Excellent work, y'all! - Chislock, M. F., O. Sarnelle, B. K. Olsen, E. Doster, and A. E. Wilson.
2013. Large effects of
consumer offense on ecosystem structure and function.
More good news. Jo-Marie was just awarded
the 2013 MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society Student
Scholarship ($2,000) for her research investigating grass carp
control of the benthic cyanobacterium, Lyngbya.
Our article in the Alabama Cattleman newsletter
has hit the newsstands. Learn more about how
cyanobacteria can harm livestock here - Wilson, A. E., M. F. Chislock, E. Doster,
R. A. Wright, J. J. Kottwitz, H. Walz, and H. Rose. 2013.
Toxic algae threaten livestock health. The Alabama
Cattleman June 2013:16-17.
I have just been notified that I will be
promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective Fall
More good news for the lab - Jo-Marie's
application was funded for $600.
We really appreciate Sigma Xi's support.
Michael's eutrophication article that was
co-authored with two past REU students, Enrique Doster and
Rachel Zitomer, was accepted for publication in Nature
Education. Congratulations, team! Chislock, M. F., E. Doster, R. A. Zitomer, and A. E. Wilson.
2013. Eutrophication: Causes,
consequences, and controls in aquatic ecosystems. Nature Education Knowledge
Enrique and other undergrads from Auburn are
sharing their research at the
at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
I hope everyone bundled up for the frigid weather.
Jo-Marie Kasinak and Justin Havird () were awarded Outstanding Oral Presentations at
this year's Graduate Student Symposium. They both were
invited to give talks at AU's Research Week and Justin scored
2nd place for his talk! Y'all rock!
Enrique Doster was awarded 3rd place for his
STEM poster about his zoo research at AU's Research Week. Enrique will be a
We just held our first of two water quality
workshops associated with our USGS project on cyanobacterial
blooms throughout the Southeast at the wonderful USGS facility
in Orlando, FL. Thanks, Barry Rosen, for letting us
visit you again to teach our great students how to sample and
Kyes Stevens and Doug Goodwin joined me for my
science lecture about eutrophication at an Alabama men's
medium security prison. My students were unbelievable.
Tons of energy and questions. I can't wait to go back.
My lab, Michael Chislock, Jo-Marie Kasinak,
Brie Olsen, and Enrique Doster, and one limnology student,
Chris Smith, attended the ASLO meeting in New Orleans. A
wonderful venue for a wonderful meeting.
The Daily Tar Heel just wrote a little story
about our new
, , and I just learned that our 2013 Outreach
Grant was funded. With this support, we will further
enhance our prison science seminar series with new courses at
Alabama prisons over the next year. Thank you,
, for making me aware of prison outreach!
Justin Havird's meta-analysis project was just
accepted for publication. Justin put together an
incredible dataset synthesizing the literature related to the
physiological responses of critters to salinity shifts.
Good work, Justin. Havird, J. C., R. P. Henry, and A.
E. Wilson. 2013. Altered expression of Na+/K+-ATPase
and other osmoregulatory genes in the gills of euryhaline
animals in response to salinity change: a meta-analysis of 59
quantitative PCR studies over 10 years. Comparative
Biochemistry and Physiology, Part D: 8(2):131-140.
During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., my
family found our long lost buddy from Auburn, John Roberts, at
his new place of employment - The National Zoo. We miss
I just started my one-semester fellowship at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
We have a wonderful group of water experts with diverse and
complementary expertise, including
Michael Chislock just got his first
first-authored publication accepted in Water Research.
I think this work is paradigm shifting. Awesome job,
Michael! Chislock, M. F., O. Sarnelle, L. M. Jernigan, and A. E.
Wilson. 2013. Do high concentrations
of microcystin prevent Daphnia control of
Research 47(6):1961-1970. (PDF)
Enrique Doster, Brittany Holt, and I lead a
great discussion about
at Tuskegee University this week.
Michael and I just got back from a whirlwind
trip to Can Tho, Viet Nam, to teach limnology. Once
again, our students were spectacular!
Before traveling to Viet Nam, I hung out with
my new friends, Zhou Yang and his students, at Nanjing Normal
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too good to be true.
We are currently accepting applications for our
third and final REU summer program in
warm-water aquatic ecology.
The deadline is 15 January 2013 and applications can be
here. Please spread the word.
We have been very fortunate to have two of our
pals visit the lab and give cool departmental seminars about
(chilling with Aubie before the LSU game)
came all the way from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
(checking out a current field experiment) made
the drive from Valdosta State University.
The WilsonLab is growing
again! Welcome号百彩票平台注册 Brie, a new Biological Sciences graduate
student, and Ross, our new lab organizer.
Our friend Nara Souza, from the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, visited us last week to
learn how to enumerate phytoplankton. She was a terrific
Our REU program is winding down. The
student head back 号百彩票 at the end of the month :(
Our report to the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management to help them develop nutrient
criteria for the Tallapoosa watershed has been submitted.
Fowler, S., W. Deutsch, A. E. Wilson, and E. Reutebuch.
2012. Tallapoosa River basin numerical nutrient criteria for
wadeable streams. Final Report for the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management, Agreement ADEM-C00594051.
I gave a seminar about water quality to the
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colleagues, Tony Dodd and Tom Broadwell, at the beautiful
historic FFA camp. The house was packed!
Rusty Wright and I lead an outreach activity
for our Tuskegee Univ colleague, Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, who
is training 44 high 号百彩票官网 students from across the country号百彩票平台注册 in
agricultural-related fields. We taught the students how
to collect fish with seines, castnets, and electroshocking.
My three REU students, Brittany Holt, Rachel
Zitomer, and Enrique Doster, helped me sample the Ogeechee
River near the one year anniversary of the largest fish kill
in Georgia's history. Joining us were
, from WRDW, and the
, Dianna Wedincamp. The students and I
made it on television -
Michael Chislock won the best student talk at
meeting in Columbus, GA. Good work, Michael.
Our 2012 REU site is finally underway.
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Alan has been offered a semester fellowship at
the to participate in
research, teaching, and outreach activities centered on global
water issues. Get ready, Chapel Hill!
Daisuke's paper describing how hypoxia
influences Lake Erie Daphnia mendotae has been
accepted. Good job, Daisuke! Goto, D., K. Lindelof,
D. L. Fanslow, S. A. Ludsin, J. J. Roberts, H. A. Vanderploeg, A. E. Wilson, and T. O. Höök.
Ecological consequences of hypolimnetic hypoxia on survival
and growth potential of Daphnia mendotae in the central
basin of Lake Erie. Aquatic Biology.
Michael has garnered another award - a Harry
Merriwether Fellowship. This award was given to only
four AU graduate students for their outstanding scholarship.
You continue to rock, Michael!
Enrique has been offered a one-year AU
Undergraduate Research Fellowship to continue conducting
research in the WilsonLab. He will be spending a
significant amount of time at the
in Florida. Good job, dude!
Betina's awesome meta-analysis paper generally
describing biodiulution of microcystin in aquatic foodwebs has
finally been accepted. Good work, Betina!
Kozlowsky-Suzuki, B., A. E. Wilson, and A. Ferrao-Filho. 2012. Biomagnification or biodilution of
microcystins in aquatic foodwebs? Meta-analyses of laboratory
and field studies. Harmful Algae.
Sadly, the court case associated with the Ogeechee River fish kill (the
largest kill (38,000+ dead fish) in Georgia history) has
been dismissed by the judge - read more
Hutton Brown and Don Stack plan to
appeal. Go get 'em guys!
We held our second water quality workshop
associated with our USGS
cyanobacterial bloom network project in Auburn. Our
students were awesome!
Del Anderson (2011 REU student), Katie LeMay
(2011 REU student), Michael Chislock, Courtney Ellison (2011
REU student), Jo-Marie Kasinak, and Enrique Doster had a good
time at in Clemson, SC. Del, Michael, and Jo-Marie
presented some of their research. Good job, y'all!
Our Sparks in Science and Math
prison seminar series has officially begun at Elmore
Correctional Center thanks to support from the AU College号百彩票官网 of
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has been instrumental in this effort where
seven AU faculty will give weekly lectures to our students at
Rusty Wright, Barry Rosen, and I just held our first water
quality workshop associated with our new
We had a bunch of excellent students. We will be
organizing a similar meeting in Auburn in March 2012.
I just completed another successful trip to
Purdue to hangout with
and his students to discuss our Lake Michigan river plume
I was able to return to a local daycare to
teach the kids about aquatic foodwebs and aquatic-terrestrial
linkages. I wish I had the kids' energy and the
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