Jan 2010 issue of Ecology
Cover Photo: Caddo Lake wetlands, Texas, USA. Sophia Passy describes a unique latitudinal gradient of diatom richness in streams, which is linked to wetlands-controlled iron supply. This discovery suggests that continuing wetlands loss may cause biodiversity decline in an important producer group in streams with potentially harmful consequences for the entire ecosystem (see pp. 36-41). Photo credit: S. I. Passy.

Recent Events & News

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reef Fall 2010

arrow Dr. Laura Mydlarz awarded NSF research grant
NSF "Collaborative Research: Assessing the Effect of Environmental Stressors on Invertebrate Innate Immunity using a Coral Pathosystem," $409,537



arrow Dr. Laura Gough, Associate Professor of Biology, describes her two NSF-funded arctic research projects in the UT Arlington Research Magazine:

Summer 2010

arrow Dr. Sophia Passy awarded two research grants
2010-2012: Algal biodiversity in streams: Exploring the mechanisms of coexistence under resource limitation, Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program, $194,780
2010-2012: Assessment of Acidic Deposition Effects on the Chemistry and Benthos of Streams of the East-Central Adirondack Region—Extension of the Western Adirondack Stream Survey (WASS). New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, $124,944 (Co-PI with Gregory Lawrence, PI)


Research Opportunities for Undergraduates & Graduates

Highly motivated and talented undergraduate students have participated in faculty and graduate student research projects in Ecology. Gaining research experience can be a valuable part of your education and is often helpful in planning your own independent research projects.

The faculty in Biology maintain active research programs that afford many opportunities for students to formulate fulfill their goals in graduate education. We strive to provide a scholarly environment, where faculty and students are stimulated to become productive scientists. The best way to find out about such opportunities is to contact the faculty members.

Why Should You Get Involved?
Through research you can:
Work with internationally known scholars. Learn more about the newest technologies. Develop a better understanding of current intellectual debates. Build experience that is valuable in business, education, and government-related careers. Share in the excitement of discovering something new. Build a lasting relationship with a faculty member or research team.