Category Archives: Science
Updates at McCluney Lab Facebook page
For most recent news, see the McCluney lab Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/McCluneyLab/
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MS student John Woloschuk launches crowdfunding campaign for his work on spillover predation
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
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Differential sensitivity of urban bees to heat and dehydration
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
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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
Sigma Xi Award
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
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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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!
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
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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“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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