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!
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