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.
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.
Congratulations to Jer Pin for successfully defending his dissertation in June! He did a great job on his presentation and really impressed his committee.
Sampling for a collaborative project (with Clay Pierce and Mike Weber) investigating habitat use and population genetic structure of teh Federally Endangered Topeka Shiner recently started. The field crews have been successful collecting Topeka Shiners in off-channel habitats and in streams as well.
End of semester lab get together. Pictured are from left to right:
Madison Perry, Ailish Wasserman,Eric Moody, Ruiwen Wu, Jee-Yun Hyun, Kyung-Seok Kim, Juan Mungaray, Dylan Powell
Katelyn Miller will be starting in the lab Spring 2019. She will be working on the population genetics of two mussel species in Iowa.
To date my research in my lab has focused on freshwater mollusks, fishes, and shrimps. I have two major areas of interest, I use phylogenetic methods to understand the evolution of organisms and their distributions, and population genetic tools to aid in conservation of rare species. Because many freshwater organisms are affected by anthropogenic impacts on water quality and availability, much of the work in my lab has involved endangered species.