Funded Grad Position – Ecology

Originally posted on The Wesner Lab:
Both of the food webs above contain the same number of species. Which one best describes how fish interact in nature? The graphs on the right also contain the same number of species and same prey, but have very different depictions of how fish…

Welcome to Abraham Kanz!

Abraham joined our lab in August. He was an awesome undergrad at USD and brings a bunch of experience working in applied science from USGS. We’re lucky to have him join our team!

Eric Sazama’s first article is published! Wolbachia in aquatic insects.

Wolbachia is a fascinating critter. It’s a bacterial genus that infects lots of arthropods, and does all kinds of things to them that make great headlines, like killing males or making them eat brains. However, it’s commonness is disputed, particularly among insects that live in rivers and lakes (i.e. freshwater insects). … Continue Reading Eric Sazama’s first article is published! Wolbachia in aquatic insects.

State Wildlife Grant awarded to Kerby and Wesner labs

Jake Kerby (PI) and Jeff Wesner (Co-PI) received a State Wildlife Grant to study the effects of tile drains on prairie pothole wetlands. This comprehensive study will measure chemical contaminant levels in 18 wetlands (e.g. Se, Neonicotinoids, Nutrients) and their effects on amphibians, insects, and fish.

Welcome to Eric Sazama!

Eric joined the lab in Fall 2014 to pursue his M.S. He’s developing a fascinating project that will ask how Wolbachia, a widespread endosymbiotic bacterium, is distributed within aquatic insects. He will then ask how infection by Wolbachia might alter the ability for insects to complete metamorphosis, a key process in linking … Continue Reading Welcome to Eric Sazama!

Habitat selection paper published in Ecology and Evolution

Wesner JS, Meyers P, Billman EJ, Belk MC. Habitat selection and consumption across a landscape of multiple predators. Ecology and Evolution. We tested whether egg-laying female insects could detect differences in predator community composition. Because some predators are more lethal than others, the ability to differentiate predator risk when laying … Continue Reading Habitat selection paper published in Ecology and Evolution