Permanent ice cover by glaciers and snowfields is a dominant physical force in mountain ecosystems. From an ecological perspective, constant ice cover places harsh controls on life including cold temperature, limited nutrient availability, and often prolonged darkness due to snow cover for much of the year. Despite these limitations, glaciers, and perennial snowfields support diverse, primarily microbial communities. In a new review, postdoc in the lab Scott Hotaling and colleagues we synthesize existing knowledge of ecological stoichiometry, nutrient availability, and food webs in the mountain cryosphere (specifically glaciers and perennial snowfields).
Thrilled that our paper on gene expression changes in brown bears during hibernation is out today in@CommsBio with co-authors Shawn Trojahn, Heiko Jansen, Omar Cornejo, Charlie Robbins, and others. #WSUbears A link to the article is here: https://rdcu.be/bQ077
Graduate student Alex Fraik started her 6 month NSF funded internship with Krista Nichols at NOAA. While most of her project will be analyzing existing datasets on fish before and after dam removal, she had a chance to participate in some fieldwork.
Congratulations to Scott Hotaling for receiving The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship! Scott will use the award to work with Katie Marshall at University of British Columbia to study thermal tolerance in ice worms!
Our paper on the genetics of glacier ice worms, which shows long-distance dispersal of ice worms is out today! The paper is in Proceedings of the Royal Society B! Birds eating ice worms may drive passive long-distance dispersal! Below is the first ever photographic proof of it, which postdoc Scott Hotaling took on Monday!
Anthony Brown successfully defended his PhD! Congrats Dr. Brown! We are very proud of you! Dr. Brown is the first PhD student to come out of the Kelley Lab! His dissertation is titled “Evolutionary genomics of Atlantic mollies adapted to hydrogen sulfide-rich environments.”