Brian Hinckley, Gina Bledsoe, and Sam Austin presented their research! Great job, team! We did some celebrations post-conference with the ECU water resources crew and friends.
Luise successfully defended her thesis "REWETTING POCOSIN WETLANDS LOWERS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS"! and ...
Alex successfully defended her thesis "SALINIZATION IMPACTS ON HISTORICALLY FRESHWATER BACTERIAL COMMUNITIES"!
Gina and Sam keeping busy measuring greenhouse gas production and water quality from the ECU constructed wetland.
Tagged along with Brian and Randall for water and soil sampling at Mattamuskeet. It sure is hot in Eastern North Carolina :)!
Luise and crew always come back with interesting stories about the pocosin! On my trip with the gang, we had an little adventure with the truck and learned that the hydrologic restoration is working (making it a little squishy). Thanks to folks at FWS for getting us out of the wetland!
ECU Biology had a great showing at the SFS meeting this year in Raleigh. Gina, Debbie, Brian, Alex, and Luise did an awesome job on their presentations about coastal and wetland ecology!
Tagged along with Debbie and Heather Deck of Sound Rivers. It was a beautiful day to get zooplankton and bacterioplankton samples along the Tar-Pamlico River.
The Peralta Lab and friends participated in engaging visitors about the microbial world! Burt's microbiome even made an appearance.
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.
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