Congratulations Zara!

Zara Ahmed, who is currently completing a 481 project in the lab, has received funding from the Office of the Dean through the UTM Undergraduate Research Grants to pursue research in the lab this summer.  Congratulations Zara!

Mike Benard seminar

We had a great visit from Mike Benard (https://sites.google.com/a/case.edu/benard-lab/mike-benard) who came up from Case Western Reserve University to give a departmental seminar.  It was great to see the really interesting work he’s been doing at the ESGR and in and around Cleveland and talk about winter ecology, climate change, and ponds.  Thanks for visiting Mike!

Dachin’s first thesis chapter accepted for publication!

Congratulations Dachin and Jy!  Dachin Frances and Jy Yang Moon have had a paper accepted at the Canadian Journal of Zoology.  This paper Effects of environmental warming during early life-history on libellulid odonates (Francis, Moon, & McCauley) provides new insights into the effects climate change may have on odonates during this sensitive life-history period.  This is Dachin’s first paper from her thesis and also presents data from Jy’s ROP project.  Nice work!

Paper #2 for Shantel!

Shantel’s second paper from her undergraduate research has just been accepted by the Canadian Journal of Zoology!  This paper, based on her senior thesis research finds that dragonfly larvae are voracious predators on trematode cercariae and that smaller larvae eat more than large larvae when Daphnia are available as alternative prey. Nice work Shantel!

Catania, S.V.L., J. Koprivnikar, and S.J. McCauley. Size-dependent predation alters interactions between parasites and predators.

OE3C was a resounding success!

Three members of the lab presented at the Ontario Ecology, Evolution, and Ethology meeting this weekend and Celina was on the organizing committee.  Rosie gave an outstanding talk on her translocation work from last summer, Shantel gave a fantastic lightening talk on her senior project research, and Ilia gave a wonderful poster that was awarded 1st runner-up in the undergraduate poster presentations.  They all made the lab proud.  It was a great conference and everyone was thoroughly impressed by the EE&E research being done in Ontario!