Dan Fitzgerald awarded Haldane Prize by the British Ecology Society

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Dan Fitzgerald PhD was recently awarded the prestigious Haldane Prize from the British Ecology Society.  Dr. Kirk Winemiller was Dan’s major advisor.  

Aquatic Ecology Lab said good-bye to Sonia Huckembeck

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On March 29, the Aquatic Ecology Lab said good-bye to Sonia Huckembeck who returns to Brazil to complete her dissertation and degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande.  Sonia is researching the trophic ecology of frog communities in wetlands of southern Brazil.  He major advisor is Dr. Alexandre Garcia, longtime collaborator of the lab.    

Dr. Eduardo Cunha joined the Aquatic Ecology Lab

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Dr. Eduardo Cunha joined the Aquatic Ecology Lab on March 1, 2018 as a postdoc investigating the ecology of river–floodplain ecosystems.  He is assisting with development of individual-based models of fish population and food web dynamics of fluvial ecosystems in response to scenarios of hydrology and temperature.  Eduardo received his PhD from the Universidade Estuadual de Maringá in Brazil where he studied community ecology in aquatic habitats of the Paraná River floodplain.  During 2016, he spent one year in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences as a… Read More →

Two Brazilian Doctoral Students Visit the Lab

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The Aquatic Ecology Lab welcomed two doctoral students from Brazil.   Laísa Wociechoski Cavalheiro, a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Animal Ecology– Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, arrived to College Station on September 1 and will return to Brazil on January 15 next year.  Laísa is doing her dissertation research on the community ecology of stream fishes in the Rio Uruguay Basin in southern Brazil. Sonia Huckembeck arrived to College Station on October 2 and will return home at the end of March next… Read More →

Two Brazilian Researchers Join the Lab for Professional Exchange

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The Aquatic Ecology Lab is hosting two researchers from the Universidade Federal do Pará in Belem, Brazil.  Dr. Luicano Montag arrived in June and will spend a sabbatical year at Texas A&M.  During his visit, Dr. Montag will give seminars, collaborate on research on the community ecology of Amazonian stream fishes, and attend scientific conferences.  Dr. Montag’s doctoral student Tiago Begot also arrived in June and will spend several months with the lab.  Tiago’s research is focused on the influence of different land uses on patterns of taxonomic… Read More →

Lab Members and Collaborators Attend International Symposium on Flood pulse Ecosystems in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Lab Members and Collaborators Attend International Symposium on Flood pulse Ecosystems in Siem Reap, Cambodia Dr. Winemiller, doctoral student Caroline Arantes, and aquatic ecology lab collaborators Pitagoras Piana (University of Western Paraná, Brazil) and David Hoeinghaus (University of North Texas) attended t he International Symposium on Flood pulse Ecosystems in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from July 24-27, 2017.  Symposium participants examined biological and socio-economic aspects of flood pulse systems.  The symposium, organized by the University of Battambang and Cambodian Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute, promoted exchange of information… Read More →

Visiting Research Collaborators from Mexico, Brazil

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Three research collaborators are visiting the lab.  Two of these scholars are from El Colegio de La Frontera del Sur, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.  Dr. Rocio Rodiles and Dr. Miriam Soria Barreto are collaborating with Dr. Winemiller on fish community and food web ecology in the Rio Usumacinta Basin.  The Usumacinta is the largest river basin in Mesoamerica, and also supports the highest fish diversity.  Another member of the Usumacinta research team is Dr. Carmen Montaña of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and… Read More →

Caroline Arantes receives TCAFS Scholarship

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Caroline Arantes is interested in ecology and conservation of fishery resources in freshwater ecosystems, including fish population and community ecology, management approaches, and the effects of human drive-impacts. Caroline has worked extensively with local people, institutions and conservation organizations to implement community-based management systems for the arapaima, the Amazon’s most historically important and overfished species, and to develop research that seeks to understand a broad range of problems and research questions. Her researches has addressed fish biology, ecology, traditional knowledge, and resource governance and her studies have been published in eight peer-reviewed, international journals. She also published six book chapters, 30 abstracts in… Read More →

Lab Hosts More Visiting Scholars from Brazil

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In January the Winemiller Aquatic Ecology Lab welcomed two more visiting scientists from Brazil.  Marcelo Andrade is a doctoral student from the Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil, and Eduardo Cunha is a doctoral student from the Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil.  Marcelo is researching the evolutionary ecology and diversity of fishes in the Amazon and major tributaries with emphasis on piranhas and their relatives (serrasalmid fishes).  His major advisor at UFPA is Dr. Tommaso Giarrizzo.  Eduardo is interested in theoretical ecology and is studying spatial complexity… Read More →

Aquatic Ecology Lab Provides Training in Fisheries Methods to Cambodian Fisheries Students and Professionals

Dr. Winemiller and PhD students, Luke Bower and Dan Fitzgerald provided instruction in fisheries methods at the Cambodian Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI) in Phnom Penh on February 1-2, 2016.  The workshop was attended by 25 individuals from IFReDI, the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the Royal Agricultural University.  Students practiced laboratory methods for research on age and growth estimation using scales and otoliths, reproductive status based on examination of gonads/gametes, and dietary analysis based on analysis of gut contents.  Also provided was an overview… Read More →