My 2017 Journal of Animal Ecology paper, "Native species dispersal reduces community invasibility by increasing species richness and biotic resistance," was one of 19 publications recently selected by the journal to be included in the special 2018 Global Change Virtual Issue compilation containing highlighted articles from the last two years! The publication is now freely available as a consequence.
Alyssa Kandow successfully presented her poster on zebra mussel effects in reservoirs at the University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference! Great work Alyssa!
Howeth, J.G. 2017. Native species dispersal reduces community invasibility by increasing species richness and biotic resistance. Journal of Animal Ecology
This study highlights that dispersal-diversity relationships in metacommunities can yield dispersal rate-dependent local diversity-invasibility relationships. This suggests that the degree of native community connectivity in the landscape is potentially as important to consider as other factors known to influence invasion success of non-native species, including propagule pressure, facilitation, and the abiotic environment.
Keywords: Daphnia lumholtzi; dispersal-diversity; diversity-invasibility; intraspecific variation; invasive species; metacommunity; niche complementarity; non-native species; non-native range; zooplankton
Howeth Lab graduate student Chris Sferra recently published his Master's thesis in Ecosphere!
Sferra, C.O., Hart, J.L. and J.G. Howeth. 2017. Habitat age influences metacommunity assembly and species richness in successional pond ecosystems. Ecosphere 8(6):e01871.
Link to paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1871/full
Stay tuned for more exciting research coming out of this study system in the next few years.
Keywords: beaver pond; Castor canadensis; chronosequence; community assembly; dendrochronology; disturbance; diversity-age; metacommunity; secondary succession
The lab will be doing a lot of cleaning, draining, and drying over the next two months! Countdown to the 2017 Texas Lake Survey. Five, four, three, two…
You can learn more about the problem of zebra mussel invasions in Texas lakes from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The month of May brings lab departures and new lab folks. Gabrielle King successfully defended and graduated with a Master's degree. Grace Taylor and Clare Parker graduated with Bachelor's degrees. We welcome to the lab new doctoral student Riley Lovejoy (who also just completed a MS) and undergraduate Joey Matthews. Gabrielle, Grace, and Clare – you will be missed! Riley and Joey have already started their research, more to come on that front.
Proud of the University of Alabama Biology graduate students that participated in the Birmingham March for Science, including our very own Gabby King (pictured below on right with the Lorax)! More on the Birmingham March, and photo credit, from Birmingham Now: https://bhamnow.com/index.php/2017/04/23/birmingham-march-science-draws-crowd-two-thousand/