AP leads first in person ESA Council meeting with reps from all ESA sections and chapters as Speaker of Council along side past speaker Dan Stover and speaker elect Lin Meng. We had a productive chat about ways to build community across ESA sections and chapters.
Last weeks of summer time - break time!
A little lab outing with lab folks and friend of peraltalab to boba tea place and lab lunch (on different days!) - there was some sciencing done during both days :)!
Juliana Cerny from Univ. of Virginia (mentored by AP and Randall Etheridge) and Thi Tran from Rutgers Univ. (mentored by AP and Greg Howard) joined the 2022 NSF-supported Resilience and Adaptation to Coastal Change Across Communities (C2C) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the Coastal Studies Institute, East Carolina University Outer Banks Campus, Wanchese, NC. The 10-week program flew by by the REU scholars did some amazing work!!!
Scott, Colin and AP head to Morehead City, NC for the day to learn all the things flow through core experiment and MIMS from experts Suzanne Thompson and Mike Piehler! Thank you!!! It was a fun day at the coast!!! ...We're just about ready to move forward with setting up our own system at ECU to measure nitrogen fluxes at the sediment-water interface!
Fayetteville State University collaborators Dr. Danielle Graham and undergrads Sarina, Alexia, Frankie, and Markis visit the lab to kick-off soil microbial ecology collaboration! Kai, Scott, Daniya, Aied, and Colin worked alongside FSU colleagues to share microbial ecology approaches and exchange soil bacterial isolate samples. Check out ECU news story for more details.
Daniya, Colin, and Dejah present their research at ASM Microbe 2022 during the Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity track poster session! It was great to be at an in person conference again! So much science!!!
Stephens, D., A. Garcia, A.L. Peralta (2022) Nutrient enrichment and ditch effects alter plant- microbe interactions in a low nutrient wetland ecosystem. American Society for Microbiology Microbe Conference. Washington, D.C. 10-14 July 2022. Poster presentation.
Smith, D., A. Garcia, A.L. Peralta (2022) Consequences of long-term nutrient enrichment on wetland soil bacterial traits and plant-microbe relationships. American Society for Microbiology Microbe Conference. Washington, D.C. 10-14 July 2022. Poster presentation.
Finlay, C., R. Bledsoe, M.E. Muscarella, A.L. Peralta (2022) Hydrology and plant-mediated effects on microbial taxonomic and functional diversity in a wetland soil mesocosm experiment. American Society for Microbiology Microbe Conference. Washington, D.C. 10-14 July 2022. Poster presentation.
Congrats to Virginia!
We survived Spring 2022 semester!
Keep the lab lunch tradition going! Looking forward to summer ... it's going to be a busy one!
Congrats to recent North Carolina State University graduate Allison Walker recipient of the 2022 Blanton Outstanding Capstone Award! Allison completed an NSURP project during summer 2021, which developed into a capstone thesis! Allison will head to her first national conference in August (Ecological Society of America) while also preparing a manuscript for peer review on microbial-climate change feedbacks! 100% virtual! We're so proud of you!!!
ECU's Dept. of Biology hosts Earth Day Expo 2022. Daniya, Ana, Michelle, and Colin work with scientists-in-training to set up Winogradsky columns (microbial ecology in a bottle). Play in the mud was a big hit!
Aied and Colin work with FSU undergraduates students Markis, Sarina, and Akili to culture soil bacterial isolates, run PCR, and set up Winogradsky columns!
Ivan, Scott, and Surinder present posters at ECU's Research and Creative Achievements Week! Congrats to Scott and Ivan for receiving a RCAW 2022 poster award for the Natural Science Undergrad Poster presentation!!!
It's been a busy few weeks of packing and unpacking and organizing! We're lab lunching in the courtyard of the new digs.
We're in the eighteenth year of the experiment! Thanks to all the folks who helped rake the mowed plots! Check out WetlandEcoEx for more info!
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