The talk titled "A comparison of genetic diversity between symaptric populations of the endangered winged-mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) and its common relative (Amphinaias pustulosa) in the St.
Jer Pin successfully completed his preliminary exams this past Spring semester and is now officially a PhD candidate.
I recently spent a week fly fishing in the Yucatan with friends. Paradise Lodge is located just North of the border with Belize near the town of Mahahual, Mexico.
My lab will be working with Mike Weber's Lab (NREM) to estimate the distribution of introduced Asian carp in Iowa rivers using genetic tools. Mike's lab has been collecting fish eggs using plankton tows all Summer and we will be staring DNA extraction and identification of eggs via DNA sequencing of selected mitochondrial genes in the coming weeks.
My collaborator Dr. Bernie Kuhajda at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) has successfully collected several specimens of the endangered Kentucky Cave Shrimp (Palaemonias ganteri). Tissue samples were carefully collected from the shrimps and the animals were safely released. My lab has already successfully extracted genomic DNA from the samples and will begin sequencing a number of nuclear and mitochondrial genes.
Jer Pin recently received the award for excellence in teaching for his outstanding work as a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State University!
Congratulations Jer Pin!
Congratulations once AGAIN to Jer Pin for receiving a travel award to attend the Freshwater Mollusc Conservation Society meeting in St. Charles, Mo later this Spring.
Jer Pin Chong and I attended the bi-annual meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society in St. Charles, Missouri this past week. The meeting was well attended and there were a number of interesting talks.
Jer Pin presented some of his dissertation research comparing the genetic structure of two sister-species Leptodea fragilis and Leptodea leptodon and their fish-host, Aplodinotus grunniens. The talk was very well received, and Jer Pin received Honorable Mention for best student oral presentation at the meeting! Congratulations Jer Pin!
The proposal: Habitat Improvement Projects for Stream and Oxbow Fish of Greatest Conservation Need, that was submitted as a Competitive State Wildlife Grant (SWGc) was funded. The project involves a collaboration with several state and federal agencies as well as two other NREM faculty members (Clay Pierce and Mike Weber). An overview of the project is below.
Kevin conducted some more "research" on salmon and trout on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.