Thrilled to see Moritz Lürig‘s fantastic dissertation work out in the Journal of Animal Ecology (preprint here)! Supported by the ETH center for Adaptation to a Changing Environment and working in the Matthews lab at Eawag (Switzerland), Moritz looked at both diet and stickleback predation as drivers of camouflage on short and long timescales. More work on the fish side of this equation coming in the future!
Congrats Dominik Schmid on your excellent MS work, forthcoming in The American Naturalist. I knew I made all those stickleback babies for a good reason! Dominik found that very recently diverged (<200 yrs) lake and stream sticklebacks already differ in their feeding morphology, and that this translates into different feeding efficiency and selectivity in a diverse zooplankton community, altering ecosystem composition and function. Dominik’s easy-to-understand abstract available here.
Dominik W. Schmid, Matthew D. McGee, Rebecca J. Best, Ole Seehausen, and Blake Matthews (Mar 2019). Rapid divergence of predator functional traits affects prey composition in aquatic communities. The American Naturalist.
So great to work with Hillary Cooper and other folks from the Cottonwood Ecology Group at NAU (Kevin Grady, Jacob Cowan, Gerard Allan, and Tom Whitham) on Hillary’s great new paper about trait plasticity across a steep climate gradient. Check out her final figure about how plasticity could alter how far away in temperature space you can plant a tree and have it thrive!
Morgan Andrews and Lauren Mason-Sarantopulos are recipients of 2018-2019 Hooper Undergraduate Research Awards (HURAs)! Lauren was also chosen to be a NASA Space Grant Intern. Congrats and here’s to an exciting year of research ahead!
Morgan Andrews: Climate Stressors and the Tolerance of Freshwater Invertebrates Along an Elevational Gradient
Lauren Mason-Sarantopulos: Variation in temperature and nitrate tolerances in native and introduced amphipods of Northern Arizona, Hyalella azteca and Gammarus lacustris
Kaitlen Bieber presented her work on the prevalence of different aquatic invertebrate breathing strategies in low vs. high elevation ponds at the NAU UGRADS research symposium today. Terrific job identifying all those bugs and discussing their distribution under climate change, Kaitlen, and have fun on your upcoming international adventures! We look forward to hearing about all your future research adventures.
Joe Sweet presented his work on remote sensing of seasonal water availability in thousands of small stock ponds across northern Arizona at the NAU UGRADS research symposium today. Joe also presented this work at the Arizona Space Grant Statewide Symposium in Tucson earlier this month. Joe did great work all year using Semi-Automatic Classification of multi-spectral Sentinel-2 imagery to figure out when and where aquatic habitats are available across the steep climate and elevation gradients that characterize the Southwest. Thanks NASA Space Grant and collaborator Dr. Dan Buscombe, and congrats Joe! Space Grant Interns are also featured in the student spotlight of NAU News today.
Research cooked up with Blake Matthews, Ole Seehausen, and Jaime Anaya-Rojas at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) is featured in a Nature feature. I can’t tell you what evology is exactly but I did love reading about what several leaders in this field think about its future directions!
A paper about sticklebacks! Years after leaving stickle-rich British Columbia, and also a little while after first heading to Europe to study them there with Blake Matthews and Ole Seehausen. The paper (open access to read) is out in Nature Ecology & Evolution today, along with a behind-the-scenes blog post.
Stoichiometric traits of stickleback: Effects of genetic background, rearing environment, and ontogeny – individual stoichiometry has diverged in genetically distinct lineages, but is also strongly determined by rearing environment (via body condition). With colleagues at Eawag and the University of Victoria, open access @ Ecology and Evolution.