A busy spring for the aquatic ecology lab

With spring comes the thawing of lakes, the smell of fresh flowers, and lots of activity for the Aquatic Ecology Lab!

Here on campus at Portland State, the Association of Environmental Science Students is hosting the annual Environmental Science Student Research Colloquium on May 23rd from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Folks from the lab will be presenting at the poster session, so if you are in the area, be sure to stop by to say hi and learn about some of our exciting projects – from paleolimnological daphnia genetics to the effects of hatcheries on fish morphometry. And make sure to stay for the exciting keynote, Dr. Sarah Dudas, who will talk about microplastics in our oceans.

Just a few weeks later you’ll find us at the Annual Meeting for the Association of the Science of Limnology and Oceanography in Victoria, B.C., from June 10 – 15. Many of us will be giving talks, so if you’re attending, we hope you’ll come see what we’ve been working on.

Field work is also gearing up. We’ll be heading up to sample some lakes in the Mount St. Helens blast zone as part of a project that investigates community succession in aquatic ecosystems. Did you know that numerous lakes and ponds were created by the 1980 eruption?

In other news, Crysta Gantz, a PhD student in the lab, recently published an exciting article in Biological Invasions. She and colleagues discovered that environmental DNA (eDNA) – or DNA shed from organisms that resides in the environment – can be used as an early-detection tool for invasive species, like the plant Hydrilla verticillata.

To hear more about all the exciting research happening at the lab, come find us at one of these upcoming conferences, or be sure to subscribe to our blog to read about all things aquatic!

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