Division of Fishes

Students working in our lab are given the opportunity to carry out their own research projects. This practice gives students valuable experience designed to encourage interest in graduate studies. Listed below are summaries of the projects conducted by undergraduate workers involved in the aquatic food web study.

Project List

Jane conducted a comparative study on four types of sampling methods to see if our sampling efforts could be thinned to produce the same results. She found that our sampling methods were excessive and somewhat redundant. We have since reduced our sampling methods.

Jane S. Fencl

Corey was an undergraduate working in our lab who has now moved on to a Masters project with Dr. Turner. She created the reference collection, took the invertebrate photos and designed the webpage.

Corey A. Love

Erica used stomach content and stable isotope analysis methods to determine the effect of fishes on the invertebrate community in our mesocosm study. Results showed there was no top-down effect resulting from fish presence, likely due to large invertebrate population sizes.

Erica L. Johnson

Jenn used stable isotope analysis to evaluate temporal dynamics of aquatic interactions in the Bosque del Apache main channel and mescosms. Results showed dramatic changes in species richness, abundance, and resource availability occur over very short timescales in drying aquatic habitats.

Jennifer S. Kraus

Raphie conducted a comparative study on the mesocosm experiment and the Bosque del Apache wetlands and main channel. Abundance data produced observable differences between the wetlands and the main channel, but showed that the mesocosms provide an ecosystem closer to that of isolated pools in the drying main channel.

Raphaelita K. Bishara

Nathan worked with Assistant Professor Becky Bixby. He was interested in the effects of seasonal changes in nutrient composition of the river and how this affected algal and diatom communities. He found that turbidity and nitrate composition likely altered the algal biomass and diatom community composition.

Nathan Lopez-Brody

Monica used length-mass regression analyses on macroinvertebrates to see if the ratio was comparable between aridland and mesic systems. She found that the non-destructive method worked and the equations developed were similar to those calculated elsewhere.

Monica K. Tellez

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