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/
Lab undergraduates Clare Parker (left) and Grace Taylor (right) presented posters at the 2017 University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference last week. Both did an excellent job presenting their research, and Grace was a finalist in the poster competition. Congratulations on a job well done!
Not just the beavers take advantage of the pond ecosystems they form, other species appreciate the pond habitat as well. River otters can be observed in the older and deeper beaver-formed ponds that we study in the Talladega National Forest. Take a look at this video of river otters playing in an approximately 60 year-old beaver pond during one of graduate student Thomas Olinger's angling surveys (fast-forward to 1 minute in the video to see the otters):
The lab is hosting Dr. Tad Fukami, a community ecologist from Stanford, for a departmental seminar this week! Please be sure to sign up for a meeting or lunch, and attend the seminar.
The seminar will be from 12-1 in North Lawn Hall 1014 and is entitled, "Embracing historical contingency in ecological community assembly: current status of the field and some insights from nectar microbes"
You can find out more about Dr. Fukami's research here: http://web.stanford.edu/~fukamit/
Mesocosm experiment at UA Tanglewood Biological Station is up and running!!!! Way to go Grace and Gabby!
Congratulations to graduate student Thomas Olinger for being awarded a 2016 UA E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Fellowship for research in beaver ponds of the Talladega National Forest. He has already started his work…
Congratulations to Chris Sferra for successfully defending his Master’s research this spring! We sent him off with a gift of a beaver print watercolor! We also congratulate Sarah Black, our undergraduate research technician, who graduated. We sent her off with a crayfish mug, how appropriate. We will miss you both!