Author Archives: kmcclun
Please consider donating to John Woloschuk’s project, which focuses on how agricultural ditch management influences bat and spider activity, which could help reduce crop pests: https://falconfunded.bgsu.edu/project/12893
Have you ever wondered at how some animals, like kangaroo rats, can survive in hot or dry places? New research from our lab suggests that some bees can be quite good at tolerating heating up or drying out, but not … Continue reading
We’ve been so busy doing science, we forgot to update our lab web page! But we have been posting over on our Facebook page. Here are some recent updates… First, we received funding from the Lake Erie Protection Fund to … Continue reading
Congratulations to Missy Seidel for being awarded a Sigma Xi research grant for her work on climatic effects on pollinator food webs!!
April 19th, 2018 Congratulations to PhD students Melanie Marshall and Justin Burdine on their BGSU Biology Oman awards!!
April 10th, 2018 Congratulations to undergraduate Ashley Everett on her successful honors thesis presentation on the effects of fluoride on freshwater biofilms and snail foraging! We wish her luck next year as she starts dental school!
January 13th, 2018 Congratulations to Gabrielle Metzner on a successful MS thesis defense! She gave a very nice presentation on her work on phosphorus fluxes via emergent insects from conventional and restored agricultural ditches and streams. And she starts a … Continue reading
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.
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
“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
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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