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Fish ecology graduate and undergraduate students sampling fish in the Kiamichi River, Oklahoma. Photo Credit: Garrett Hopper
Sky Hedden and James Whitney sampling the fish community in the Gila River, New Mexico. Photo Credit: Garrett Hopper
Graduate student Ryan Greenway uses a pipette to combine chemical ingredients with dissolved fish gill tissue to isolate RNA for sequencing.
A metabolism chamber experiment in progress. The experiment is testing the effects of different combinations of fish and mussel biomass on ecosystem metabolism and nutrient uptake. Photo Credit: Garrett Hopper
Garrett Hopper recording metabolism data during a mesocosm experiment at the Konza Prairie Biological Station. Photo Credit: Ella Magerl
Undergraduate technicians construct enclosures to be installed into the Kiamichi River. The experiment will test whether enclosures with mussels attract fish. Photo Credit: Garrett Hopper
Kings Creek, Konza Prairie Biological Station. Photo credit: G. Hopper
Middle school students learn about microbial cooperation and quorum sensing while becoming young scientists for a day. Here we see a culture of the bacteria Vibrio fischeri illuminated by a blue light transilluminator.
Graduate students John Coffin and Bryan Frenette pulling a seine net through a creek in Oklahoma to catch fish in water polluted with heavy metals (why the water is so orange).
Microscope photograph of the male reproductive organ from an Atlantic molly (Poecilia mexicana). Researchers at K-State are trying to figure out how differences in reproductive structures between Atlantic mollies from different habitats might lead to the formation of new species. Photo Credit: Ryan Greenway
Algae contrasted against rhodamine dye in Kings Creek at Konza Prairie Biological Station. Dye’s like this are sometimes used to measure the flow-path of the water in a stream.
Graduate student Monica Shaffer working on plant species composition research.
Graduate students Ryan Greenway (left) and Garrett Hopper (right) use a seine net to catch fish in a naturally occurring toxic stream in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo Credit: Robbie Shone
Undergraduate researcher Sammi Greiger conducting research on plant species composition.
Graduate student Rory O’Connor measuring the water potential of creosote bush in the Mojave Desert.
Graduate Student Anne Schechner and other participating in a controlled burn at the Konza Prairie Biological Research Station.
A group of cichlid fishes (Vieja bifasciata and Thorichthys helleri) in their natural habitat, a stream in the foothills of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Photo Credit: Ryan Greenway
Air blasting soil to look at shrub root architecture.
Professor Michi Tobler (left) and graduate student Ryan Greenway (right) dissect fish in the rain in southern Mexico. The tissues they dissect are returned to K-State for RNA and DNA sequencing. Photo Credit: Robbie Shone
A rainfall manipulation experiement in the Mojave Desert. Photo credit: Rory O’Connor
Graduate student Seton Bachle looking using herbarium specimens to investigate the effects of increased nitrogen deposition.
Graduate student Seton Bachle taking soil cores to count the root density of dogwood shrubs at Konza Prairie Biological Station.
Two members of the research team – Michi Tobler (left) and Ryan Greenway (right) dissecting fish for later analysis
White-ruffed Manakins, one of Dr. Alice Boyle’s study species. These mature males are perched near one of their display logs. Photo by Dr. Alice Boyle.
A White-Ruffed Manakin displaying to attract females. Photo by David Vander Plyum.
A tropical river floods during a large storm event. Photo by Dr. Alice Boyle.
Result figure from Dhungel et al. 2017
The infrared gas analyzer in action, using a laser to measure the carbon dioxide taken in as well as the oxygen and water released by the grass leaf it’s attached to.
A photograph of the internal structures of a Big Bluestem leaf taken under a microscope. Seton uses photographs like these to compare structural differences among grass populations. The letters label some of the different structures Seton measures. Photo Credit: Seton Bachle
A. A male Atlantic molly from a regular freshwater stream. B. A male molly from a toxic sulfidic stream. C. An area where a clear freshwater stream (left) and cloudy sulfidic stream (right) flow together.
Algae (left) release simple carbon compounds while tree leaves (right) release more complex carbon compounds that are not as easy for microbes to use for energy.
A section of grassland stream surrounded by grasses and shrubs (left) and a second section with tree canopy cover (right). Sophie conducts her experiments in both types of habitats to look for differences in carbon processing.