Our lab group was one of many Biology Department labs that participated in the 1st annual OU BIO EXPO held in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. We want to thank the dedicated staff of the Dept. of Biology for organizing such a great outreach event!
We want to share some exciting news from Emily Kiehnau. She just received word that she is the recipient of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Invasion Section’s 2019 Simberloff Award for Outstanding Student Presentation (oral presentation) at the 2019 meeting, which was held last month in Louisville. She presented results from her 2nd Chapter of her dissertation (entitled “Morphological changes of native Daphnia species in response to the invasive predator Bythotrephes longimanus“). Please join us in congratulating Emily on a job well done!
We would like to welcome our new lab members, Juliet Agadagba, Kaylee Gibbons, and Amber Woolley, who will all be conducting Independent Research in our lab, this academic year!
Former lab member/doctoral student, Dr. Rachel Hartnett has published a paper in Royal Society Open Science entitled “Variation in life-history traits among Daphnia and its relationship to species-level responses to phosphorus limitation”. This represents a portion of her dissertation (“Theoretical and empirical studies on hierarchical effects of size distributions: Linking the individual to its community”). Please visit Rachel’s website for more information about her current research projects. Congratulations again, Rachel!
The first chapter from Emily Kiehnau’s dissertation entitled “Phototactic behavior of native Daphnia in the presence of chemical cues from a non-native predator, Bythotrephes” has just appeared in the journal Oecologia. Well done, Emily!
We just returned from an intense week of sediment core sampling of lakes around the Twin Cities (MN) region, as part of the dissertation research of Matt Wersebe. Now, the fun begins with analyzing all of the mud samples. We thank our collaborator/colleague Dr. Mark Edlund for his kind hospitality during our stay at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (Science Museum of Minnesota).
Congratulations to our lab graduates, Brandon Day and Kristina Floyd, who each received special recognition as Department of Biology Outstanding Graduating Seniors! Well done, guys!
Just wanted to thank everyone again for their hard work at the 2019 OK Science Fest yesterday at the State Fairgrounds in OKC. I think our “Life-in-a-Pond” live display, along with the “Predator-Prey Game-of-Tag”, was a resounding success (see the Outreach Page for more photos).
A big thank you goes out to colleagues in the Dept. of Biology, the College of Art & Sciences Dean’s Office, Office of the Provost, OU Faculty Awards Committee, President’s Office and OU Board of Regents for conferring a 2019 Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching to L.J. Weider. This is truly a wonderful honor. Many thanks!
Ritu Kulkarni presented the results of her Honors Thesis (“The effects of food quality and predator kairomones on parental and hybrid members of the Daphnia pulex complex”) at the Annual OU Undergraduate Research Day. Great job, Ritu!