Thanks to Ms. Dail Berry and her science students at Lake Mattamuskeet Early College High School for welcoming us into their classroom! Alex and I had a blast talking about the human microbiome and teaching students about the diversity and functions of microbes in general. Thanks to NC Science Festival Invite-A-Scientist Program for pairing us up with Ms. Berry's class! We hope to be back next year!
Gina, Brian, and Corey present posters on their work at the conference. Gina presented new work on hydrology impacts on microbial communities, nitrate removal function and greenhouse gas emissions at a constructed stormwater wetland. Corey presented work on salinization impacts on historically freshwater microbial denitrifiers. Brian's poster focused on using high resolution water quality monitoring to better understand nutrient dynamics in the field. It was a productive (and fun) time talking with folks working on NC water issues ... and added bonus - I got to see the Nile Project concert!!!
Undergrad Corey Forbes recognized for the ECU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities award that supported his undergrad research project ... and in other news AP received the 2017 Coastal Maritime Council Coastal Scholar Award (pictured with collab Dr. Jake Hochard - Dept. of Econ and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and University Scholar (photo credit: Kayla Clark).
It's been a crazy busy time for all, which tends to reduce updates! I'll try to remedy that. There's data getting collected, data getting analyzed, conference prep happening, outreach event planning, manuscript writing...and field season doesn't stop when there's no winter :)! Go team!
A MS graduate student assistantship is available in the area of socioeconomic-ecological systems modeling. The student will work on an EPA-funded interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Jacob Hochard (Dept. of Economics & Institute for Coastal Science and Policy) in collaboration with Drs. Randall Etheridge (Dept. of Engineering & Center for Sustainability) and Ariane Peralta (Dept. of Biology) at East Carolina University. The MS student will work closely with economics, biology and engineering faculty at East Carolina University, as well as a PhD student in Coastal Resources Management, to support an EPA-funded project. The qualified candidate will have strong undergraduate training in ecology, biogeochemistry, or environmental science. Ideally, the student will have some knowledge of GIS, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research and a familiarity or willingness to learn social-ecological modeling approaches are encouraged to apply. The project will be focused on modeling relationships between biophysical factors and water and air quality on human health outcomes to understand how natural capital can contribute to nutrient pollution mitigation in coastal watersheds.
To apply, please contact Drs. Ariane Peralta and Randall Etheridge by January 31, 2017 with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores, and a short statement describing prior research experience and interests. Review of full applications to the MS biology program will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Departments of Biology, Economics, Engineering, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy, and the Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University take pride in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and strive to increase that diversity. We encourage applications and inquiries from members of groups underrepresented in the natural sciences.
Congrats to Undergraduate Researcher Corey Forbes on being awarded an ECU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award to study salinity and moisture impacts on nitrogen removal functions in constructed wetland sediment. Way to go!
Big thanks to Mike Strickland and David Haak for inviting me to share our work for the Dept. of Biological Sciences Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series at Virginia Tech. Seminar title: "Managing microbiomes to enhance and restore ecosystem services." It was a great day of fun science conversation with faculty and students at VT. It was a great time of year to be in Blacksburg, VA.
Congratulations to Gina Bledsoe on receiving the 2016 NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship! Gina is examining how constructed stormwater wetland design and management impact microbial communities and functions related to water quality and greenhouse gas production. The study is taking place at ECU’s Constructed Stormwater Wetland that is adjacent to the Belk Building parking lot on campus.
Gina took these photos of the constructed stormwater wetland during and after the heavy rains. Flood control ...check. Nutrient and pollutant removal...stay tuned! Gina and undergrads Sam and Corey are examining nitrogen removal capacity and greenhouse gas production at this site. Photo credit: Gina Bledsoe
We're all thankful that ECU and Greenville made it through Hurricane Matthew rains and flooding. Our thoughts are with our Pirate Community and other eastern NC residents still dealing with the aftermath of the floods. Photo credit: Gina Bledsoe.
Because of the amazing group effort, WRC 2016 sampling and soil processing was a success! Thanks to Gina for leading the charge. Thanks to all the team for fitting in field work and sample processing during a busy week. And good thing this was all done before the hurricane hit!
The Peralta Lab is looking to hire up to two undergraduate research assistant to participate in microbial ecology research led by PhD student Regina Bledsoe. Research will be conducted at ECU's very own stormwater constructed wetland! See photos of field site in the last post. Check out "Opportunities" page to get more info.
Gina took these photos during the most recent Tropical Storm Hermine. The constructed stormwater wetland at the Belk Building on ECU's campus carrying out ecosystem services!
The Peralta Lab welcomes new MS students Alex Stucy, Brian Hinckley, and Morgan Beamon!
Gina, Erin Field, and AP attend the International Society of Microbial Ecology Conference! We all presented posters on new projects. We soaked in lots of great microbial ecology presentations and visited with new and old friends!
Successful planning, implementation, and breakdown of wetland mesocosm experiment!!! Congrats to Gina for completing her first (of many ;) experiments. Thanks to the lab team and friends of the lab for all the help that went into the success of the project. It takes a village! Now, on to all the lab work to examine the microbes!
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