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Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Jamie Becker on her thesis defense! Jamie gave an excellent presentation on her work showing how climate influences animal water and nutrient demand across landscapes influenced by urbanization.

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Recent publications

The lab has published several papers this year, related to either animal water content and ecology, urbanization, or both. Kevin McCluney, Justin Burdine, and Steve Frank published a paper showing that mean arthropod water content in Raleigh, NC, Phoenix, AZ, and … Continue reading

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“The Journal” interviews Dr. McCluney about Lake Erie water quality research

“The Journal,” a talk show on WBGU-TV, the local PBS station, recently interviewed Dr. McCluney (along with collaborator Dr. Bob Midden) about the lab’s research on phosphorous sources and sinks in the watersheds leading to Lake Erie. Here’s a link … Continue reading

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Paper published! Animal water balance drives top-down effects

Dr. McCluney recently published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science that extends his previous work and tests if animal water balance can drive top-down effects in open-air food webs [download post-print here or email Dr. McCluney … Continue reading

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PhD Student Justin Burdine Wins Scholarship

Justin Burdine received notification that he will be awarded an Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship for his work on the ecology of bees in urban gardens! Congrats Justin!

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Honors students graduate!

In the spring of 2016 our first two honors students presented their theses and graduated! Congrats and good luck as they move on to graduate programs! Nadejda Mirochnitchenko! Haley Ingram!

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New grant for studying age of phosphorus running off fields

In the spring of 2016 we received additional funding from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to expand our ongoing research on Phosphorus sources to Lake Erie (note, P loading has been implicated in the recent toxic algal blooms). With this … Continue reading

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Catching up

We were so busy doing research and teaching that we got a little behind with our posts. Here are a few key news items from the past year!

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Nadya Mirochnitchenko receives best poster award

Undergraduate Nadya Mirochnitchenko receives the CURS Glass award for her poster presentation on the spatial and temporal variation in concentrations of trace chemicals and macroinvertebrates in the Portage River watershed in NW Ohio. The hand-blown glass award was presented by … Continue reading

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Undergraduates Receive Research Awards!

Nadya Mirochnitchenko and Haley Ingram, undergraduate honors students working in the McCluney Lab, have both received summer research scholarships from the BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. Nadya Mirochnitchenko received funding to study the effects of washed-up algal blooms … Continue reading

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Grant to Study Phosphorous Sources Involved in Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

The lab has been awarded its first sizable grant! As part of a collaborative effort with researchers from several other universities, we will be helping to determine sources of phosphorous involved in the recent occurrence of toxic algal blooms in … Continue reading

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Local newspaper article about summer urban water web research

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/06/18/BGSU-research-team-studies-insect-damage-to-tree-leaves.html

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“Water as a trophic currency” paper published!

A new co-authored paper on how water availability influences riparian food webs (crickets, spiders, lizards) in open-air experimental plots has been published in the newest issue of Frontiers. http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/130160 Email me if you need a copy

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Riverine Macrosystems Paper Published

Dr. McCluney’s paper (with co-authors) on riverine macrosystems ecology has been published in an open access special issue on macrosystems ecology. Read the paper here: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/120367 Read the special issue here:  http://www.esajournals.org/toc/fron/12/1

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Cover of Ecosystems

One of my photos ended up on the cover of the issue of Ecosystems containing a paper I co-authored with Julie Stromberg, Mark Dixon, and Thomas Meixner. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-012-9606-3?LI=true

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Water Wings

I recently wrote a popular article for the Maricopa Audobon Society about the extension of some of my river drying research to birds See page 12: http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/Wrendition%20Winter%202013.pdf 

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Water Webs Podcast

A podcast highlighting my water web research was recently produced: http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/distillations/174-water-webs.aspx

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