11/21/2013 - Dr. Hendricks Elected to AERC Board of Directors
Dr. Susan Hendricks, Senior Research Scientist with the Hancock Biological Station and the Watershed Studies Institute, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC). The AERC was created in 1987 to support and encourage cooperation in research and training among the nation's top environmental centers and to advance understanding of environmental science at local, regional, national, and international levels.
AERC presently represents 43 centers located trhoughout the continental U.S. as well as Alaska and Puerto Rico. Member center professional scientists, who number more than 500, conduct a major share of ecosystem research in the United States.
The goal of the AERC is to promote the optimal use of scientific resources in the search for solutions to complex, large-scale environmental problems. AERC speaks for the needs and uses of ecosytem science to government agencies, Congress, and advisory bodies. Murray State Unviersity through the Biological Station and the Watershed Studies Institute has been a member of AERC since 1988.
Dr. Hendricks' term on the Board will be for three years.
10/18/2012 - Dr. Loganathan Delivers Lectures at International Symposium
Dr. Bommanna Loganathan was invited to present his research results at two international symposia, one held at Nellore, India and the other at Cairns, Australia this summer.
The 32nd International Symposium on Halogenated Environmental Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxin 2012) was held at Cairns, Australia from August 26-31, 2012. Dr. Loganathan and Dr. Jana Klanova from Czechoslovakia co-chaired the session on “Environmental Monitoring”. Additionally, Dr. Loganathan presented a talk on glyphosate contamination levels in agricultural soils in the session. MSU undergraduate students: Dylan Benningfield and Sudan Loganathan who conducted research under Dr. Loganathan’s mentorship presented posters at this symposium.
Dr. Loganathan, also attended the 244th Annual Meeting of American Chemical Society held at Philadelphia, PA during August 19-22nd, 2012 and presented his research. The above presentations would not have been possible without the support from the symposia organizers, MSU’s Department of Chemistry, Watershed Studies Institute, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the Karl Hussung Professorship award and the facilities of the Jones/Ross Research Center at MSU. Dr. Loganathan holds joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and Watershed Studies Institute.
05/01/2012 - Watershed Science Graduate Student Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship
Scot Peterson, a Watershed Science graduate student, has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship, which is awarded to only 10% of applicants, will provide three years of support, including salary and tuition.
Scot’s research is aimed at understanding the biodiversity of a degraded western stream and he will be conducting experiments that will allow land managers to better restore the stream and the surrounding watershed. His work is funded by the High Lonesome Ranch (DeBeque, Colorado), where the research is being conducted, and by Murray’s Watershed Studies Institute and CSET. He was also a 2011-2012 recipient of Murray State’s Graduate Innovation Assistantship.Scot received his undergraduate degree in biology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, is a U.S. Army veteran, and worked for almost a decade as a research technician at SIU before coming to Murray. He is co-author of seven publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented his research at numerous scientific meetings.
04/09/2012 - Dr. Gagnon Awarded NSF Grant
Dr. Paul Gagnon
Dr. Gagnon has been awarded $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the ecological processes that influence plant dominance and species diversity in longleaf pine savannas. This endangered, fire-dependent ecosystem was once the most common ecosystem of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains but has been reduced by an estimated 97% from its historical range. Pine savannas contain some of the highest rates of species richness and plant endemism in North America. Dr. Gagnon will be collaborating with Dr. Kyle Harms at Louisiana State University and Dr. Jonathan Myers at Washington University in St. Louis, who also received collaborative grants.
Dr. Gagnon will use a series of experiments to explore interrelated effects of fire and pine fuels on bunchgrass dominance and species richness; he is now seeking one or more graduate students to contribute to the study.
02/20/2012 - Dr. Flinn and Students Attend the Kentucky State Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Meeting
Dr. Michael Flinn
Michael Flinn, along with graduate students Adam Martin and Jared Militello and undergraduate students Bradley Richardson (2013) and Chaise Gilbert (2013) attended the Kentucky State Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting at Lake Cumberland State Park held on Feb. 8 2012. Adam Martin was awarded "Best Student Paper" for an oral presentation entitled "Recruitment of Crappie Populations in Kentucky Lake - Martin* and Flinn" , and Jared received runner up for Best student paper" for an oral presentation entitled" Movement, Habitat Use, and Diet Selectivity of Re-introduced Juvenile Alligator Gar, Atractosteus spatula, in Clarks River, KY - Militello* and Flinn". They were awarded $100 and $50 respectively.
The Watershed Studies Institute (WSI) was originally established as the Center for Reservoir Research (CRR) in 1987 by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence for Teaching and Research. In 2009, CRR was changed to WSI in order to better reflect the diversity of research that had been completed over the preceding 20 years, and to continue to broaden the research focus of the Institute. The mission of the Institute is to provide the infrastructure, support, and intellect for education and research of watershed ecosystems. WSI sponsors three research centers, a long-term monitoring program on Kentucky Lake, and support for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and visiting scientists. The three research centers that comprise the support base for Institute research and educational activities are the Chemical Services Laboratory (CSL), the Hancock Biological Station (HBS), and the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC). Each facility functions in response to individual or team needs and serves as an educational center for graduate and undergraduate studies in watershed studies.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Howard H. Whiteman
Director, Watershed Studies Institute
Department of Biological Sciences
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 809-6753
FAX: (270) 809-0120
The Murray State University Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC) in 1979. MARC is administered through the Office of the Dean of the College of Science. MARC provides facilities for formal education related to programs at Murray State which utilize remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies. Technological assistance is offered to the public and private sectors in addition to research conducted by faculty, staff, and students.
The Hancock Biological Station (HBS) on Kentucky Lake is a year-round facility providing scientists with a base of operation for a wide variety of field research and presenting students with opportunities for field-oriented classes, individualized instruction, independent research, and close interactions with researchers and faculty. HBS is the Field Facility for the Center For Reservoir Research and for the Ecological Consortium of Mid-America (ecoma).
The Chemical Services Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation enabling high-quality instruction in environmental analytical chemistry at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The CSL also provides a number of analytical and environmental services to individuals, corporations, and other institutions in west Kentucky, the greater Ohio Valley region and beyond in fulfillment of the WSI regional economic service role.