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!
Recent paper on trends in global shark attacks, with collaborators Steve Midway (LSU) and George Burgess (Univ. of Florida), is picked up by several media outlets. In addition to local news outlets, our research was highlighted by CNN, Fox News, and US News and World Reports. There is a nice story by the Star-Advertiser, a Honolulu-based daily newspaper.
Shannon White is a recipient of the 2019 Alumni Association Dissertation Award - considered to be among the most prestigious of the awards given to Penn State graduate students.
Ben was awarded the Best Student Presentation Award at the Virginia/West Virginia state chapter meeting of the American Fisheries Society for his work examining the relative roles of biotic interactions and environmental conditions in structuring stream fish communities. Ben also was awarded the Cooper Award at the Pennsylvania Chapter AFS meeting.
Congratulations, Ben! Ben will be modeling stream fish communities using hierarchical joint species distribution models. One of his overarching goals is to quantify the importance of biological vs abiotic drivers in structuring stream fish assemblages.
The National Science Foundation News highlighted our Penn State News story about introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout. Great job Shannon White for getting the message out about her important research.
Wagner lab research on introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout highlighted in Penn State News
Shannon White's research on introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout in the Loyalsock Creek Watershed has been highlighted in Penn State News (link to news article). For the full journal article, see our paper in Evolutionary Applications here.
Assistant Unit Leader and Adjunct Professor of Fisheries Ecology, PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and Penn State