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 Lake Erie (which made international headlines last summer by shutting down Toledo’s water supply). Specifically, we will be using stable isotopes of oxygen, within phosphate molecules, to trace sources of phosphate from algal blooms, to lake sediments or several key watersheds, up into specific sub-watersheds, and even to specific sources like particular waste-water treatment plants or farms that may be contributing. Moreover, we will determine hotspots of biological processing and removal of P from these watersheds. The grant is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents. In addition to money for sample processing, this means more funds for undergraduate and graduate student research assistantships!
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.
Email me if you need a copy
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
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.
I recently wrote a popular article for the Maricopa Audobon Society about the extension of some of my river drying research to birds
A podcast highlighting my water web research was recently produced: