May 12, 2017 : Last week, Dr. Pringle had the opportunity to give a talk, “Hydrologic connectivity as a driver of emergent ecological patterns and processes: The importance of long-term research,” at the American Water Resources Association’s Spring Specialty Conference in Utah. Her talk was spotlighted on Odum School of Ecology’s webpage. Check out the full article here.
May 10, 2017 : Completing a research project is always a tedious and demanding process that requires self-motivation and passion. Three undergraduates; Desirae Dickerson, Reed Peloquin, and Sarah Clemet in Dr. Pringle’s lab in the Odum School of Ecology were among a select group of undergraduate students to earn the highly sought CURO Research Assistantship through the UGA undergraduate research program, and recently presented their research during the poster session at the CURO Symposium on April 3, 2017. All three students selected designed and implemented research projects that were related to the collaborative riparian Rhododendron Removal Study with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research Station. The multi-disciplinary, multi-year study examines the effect of removing rhododendron on aquatic resources. The students were mentored by Ph.D. candidate, Maura Dudley. Each project aligned with Maura’s dissertations research, which focuses on how rhododendron removal affects that base of stream food webs and related ecosystem processes. Desirae focused her research on the effects of litter leachate of rhododendron leaves on microbial respiration. Reed focused his research on how changing leaf litter quality resulting from the removal of rhododendron might affect the emergence of important macroinvertebrates in headwater streams. Sarah studied how aquatic fungi responded to the prescribed fire burns associated with one of the rhododendron removal treatments.
March 06, 2017 : We are happy to announce that our lab has finally received the highly anticipated BenthoTorch! This new piece of in situ sampling equipment will greatly reduce the time it takes to collect and analyze chlorophyll in many on going projects in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.
February 16, 2017 :
August 23, 2016 : Congratulations to three of our undergraduates: Desirae Dickerson, Reed Peloquin, and Ashley Wilson for receiving CURO Research Assistantships. Receiving this opportunity allows undergraduate researchers to present their own projects to the academic community as well as highlight excellence in undergraduate research.
Desirae Dickerson: The effect of litter leachate from fresh riparian Rhododendron leaves on microbial respiration in headwater streams in the southern Appalachians
Reed Peloquin: Effects of changing leaf litter inputs as the result of removal of dominate riparian shrub on growth rates and emergence of aquatic macroinvertebrates
Ashley Wilson: Artificial oyster reefs in Georgia estuaries: Measuring the effect of reef age and environmental seston level on the capacity of oysters to improve water quality
August 05, 2016 : We celebrated David’s graduation in Athens at Cali n Tito’s. David remains close to the lab working on research and pursuing graduate opportunities. All to best to David!
January 28, 2016 : Undergraduates Sarah Clement and David Stoker present posters on their respective research projects at the Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium. Graduate student Jessica Chappell also presented a lightning talk, and the keynote address was given by Doug Parsons, a Pringle Lab alumnus.
December 10, 2015 : We celebrated Rebeca’s last day in Athens with a trip to Cali n Tito’s. Rebeca has moved to Pensacola, FL to start her post-doc at the Environmental Protection Agency. All the best Rebeca!
May 07, 2015 : Congratulations to Troy Simon for successfully defending his dissertation, “Direct and indirect effects of the guppy, Poecilia reticulata, on the structure and function of stream ecosystems in the Northern Range Mountains of Trinidad.”
April 13, 2015 : Congratulations to Carissa Ganong for successfully defending her dissertation, “Effects of Precipitation Regime on Neotropical Streams: Biogeochemical Drivers of Stream Physicochemistry and Macroinvertebrate Tolerance to pH Shifts.”
April 03, 2015 : Congratulations to Rebeca de Jesus-Crespo for successfully defending her dissertation, “Stream Friendly Coffee: Collaborating with the Rainforest Alliance to Advance Stream Conservation in Tropical Agroforestry Systems.”
February 24, 2015 : Dr. Pringle has been featured on the university of Georgia’s Focus on Faculty.
November 17, 2014 : David Stoker receives the CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantship for the Odum School of Ecology. This competitive assistantship is given to support undergraduate research with a $1,000 stipend, and the opportunity to give a presentation on his research in spring 2015.
September 19, 2014 : Congratulations to Tom Barnum for successfully defending his dissertation, “Effects of Amphibian Declines on Trophic Interactions in Algal-Insect Neotropical Stream Communities.” He is now starting his post-doctoral position at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland.
July 29, 2014 : 2014 Award of Excellence from the Association for Tropical Biology for the paper “Importance of Terrestrial Arthropods as Subsidies in Lowland Neotropical Rain Forest Stream Ecosystems” in the journal, Biotropica by Chip Small, Pedro J. Torres, Lauren Schweizer, John Duff, and Catherine Pringle. PDF