Tyler Thompson's MS thesis research on groundwater discharges as a source of phytoestrogens and other agriculturally derived contaminants to streams has been highlighted by the USGS Environmental Health Program. Tyler's research, published in Science of the Total Environment, found that groundwater discharge is a source of phytoestrogens and herbicides that could result in fish exposure during sensitive life stages. The web feature can be found here.
Research led by Danielle Massie (a long-overdue website congratulations on defending her MS!) has been highlighted in Penn State News. Danielle and colleagues quantified walleye annual growth rates from 1983-2015 in 61 midwestern USA lakes, and found that that increased water clarity may mediate the effect of warming water temperatures on early life growth rates. Read all the details in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
Dr. Shannon White's framework for the design and analysis of riverscape genetic studies – a novel bidirectional geneflow in riverscapes model – will help us understand the movements of animals in riverine ecosystems. This paper, recently published in Ecological Applications and highlighted in Penn State News, helped identify larger rivers as important movement corridors for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a Pennsylvania watershed.
Danielle is a recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award - considered to be among the most prestigious of the awards given to Penn State graduate students. The award recognizes excellence in master’s-level thesis research in any of the disciplinary areas of the arts and humanities; social sciences - applied and basic; physical and computational sciences - applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
Congratulations Danielle! Danielle was awarded the Cooper Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The Cooper Award provides travel support for students to present at the chapter’s annual meeting.
Congratulations to Danielle for being awarded the Roger M. Latham Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding graduate student advised by Wildlife and Fisheries Science faculty in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. The Latham Award memorializes Roger Latham, a lifelong conservationist and the outdoor editor of the former Pittsburgh Press. Great work, Danielle!!
The lab had a great time talking with about 160 students at Gray’s Woods Elementary School about the importance of clean water and how we can tell – by looking at the critters that live in the water – whether or not a stream is healthy.
Cat McClure presented her research on contaminants of emerging concern in rivers of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed at the annual U.S. Geological Survey workshop and meeting that's all about Chesapeake Bay Watershed science!
Shannon White receives the Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal from Penn State President Eric Barron
Congratulations to Shannon White on all her accomplishments during her tenure in the Wagner Lab. Shannon received the Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal from Penn State President Eric Barron.
Wagner Lab research on the eastern brook trout, research led by PhD student Shannon White, made its debut in the film “Expedition Chesapeake, A Journey of Discovery,”- a film developed by the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. The film premiered on Wednesday, 20 March in Harrisburg, PA. Emmy-award-winning naturalist Jeff Corwin is the guide on this journey - encouraging audiences to be active members of their communities in an effort to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. We had a great time at the premiere and hope others check it out!
Assistant Unit Leader and Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology, PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and Penn State