iUTAH Team - Graduate Research Assistant
Brigham Young University
Stream bacterial community connectivity and sources
iUTAH Research Focus Area
Very little is known about microbial communities in streams and how they play a role in the overall stream ecology. These microscopic organisms play a huge role in cycling nutrients and other chemicals, but little has been done to understand how these communities are connected through a watershed, which species are present vs which are active, and how anthropogenic (man-made) changes both in-stream and on the landscape impact the communities. By beginning to understand these relationships, we will be able to draw conclusions about how these microbial communities are related to water-quality, and make predictions about the future of water quality in Wasatch streams.
Erin is a PhD student in Plant and Wildlife Sciences at BYU working with Dr. Aanderud. She received a BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from USU. Erin is a member of ASLO and considers herself a budding limnologist (http://bit.ly/1aA5mr6), and is excited for this chance to develop an emphasis in aquatic microbial ecology.