WilsonLab at Auburn University


Cyanobacterial bloom - Auburn University


Current research and training projects

Title: Engineering a cost-effective biochar-surfactant system for sorption and degradation of PFAs in drinking water and groundwater in Alabama
Funding: AWRRI USGS section 104 program - $25,000
Collaborators: Dengjun Wang PI, Auburn University) and Jim Stoeckel (co-PI, Auburn University)
Duration: March 2021 - February 2022


Title: Harmful algal blooms: Prevalence and control measures for the domestic fish and shellfish industries
Funding: USDA - Agricultural Research Service - $535,000
Collaborator: Benjamin Beck (USDA ARS)
Duration: June 2020 - May 2025


Title: Development of a bacterial-algal-zooplankton process for conversion of agricultural waste into aquaculture feed
Funding: USDA - NIFA AFRI Energy and Environment program - $434,658
Collaborators: Brendan Higgins (PI, Biosystems Engineering) and Rishi Prasad (co-PI, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences)
Duration: May 2020 - April 2024


Title: Elucidating the causes and controls of off-flavor episodes in aquaculture in China and the southeastern US
Funding: Ocean University China - Auburn University Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Science - $74,575
Collaborator: Li Li (co-PI, Ocean University)
Duration: October 2019 - September 2021 


Title: Dimensions of Biodiversity: Collaborative Research: Phylogenetic, genetic, and functional diversity of the cyanobacterial bloom interactome from local to global scales
Funding: National Science Foundation (Dimensions of Biodiversity program) - $1,999,994
Collaborators: Dave Hambright (OU PI) and Lee Krumholz (co-PI) (University of Oklahoma), Hans Paerl (UNC PI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Morgan Steffen (JMU PI, James Madison University)
Duration: August 2018 - September 2023


Title: REU Site: Warm-water aquatic ecology
Funding: National Science Foundation (REU program) - $358,834
Website: http://wilsonlab.com/reu/
Duration: September 2017 - August 2021
(first program - August 2010 - October 2014 - $292,141)
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Title: Making to Advance Knowledge, Excellence, and Recognition in STEM (MAKERS)
Funding: National Science Foundation (S-STEM program) - $2,034,382
Collaborators: Overtoun Jenda (PI, Auburn University) and others at Tuskegee University, Oakland University, and Alabama A&M University
Duration: October 2016 - September 2022


Title: NSF INCLUDES: South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM)
Funding: National Science Foundation (INCLUDES program) - $285,769
Collaborators: Overtoun Jenda (PI, Auburn University) and many others at 21 universities and colleges throughout the southeastern US and Washington, DC.
Duration: October 2016 - April 2022



Past projects


Title: Biomanipulation as a tool to enhance aquaculture through the management of toxic cyanobacteria
Funding: USDA - NIFA Aquaculture program - $261,613
Collaborator: Luke Roy (co-PI, Fisheries)
Duration: September 2017 - August 2020


Title: Do toxic cyanobacteria threaten Alabama's drinking water reservoirs?
Funding: AAES AgR-SEED program - $50,000
Collaborator: Dennis Harrison (co-PI, Alabama Department of Environmental Management)
Duration: October 2016 - September 2018
Title: Forecasting the ecological health of coastal waters in Alabama and China
Funding: Ocean University China - Auburn University Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Science - $75,000
Collaborators: Xing Fang (co-PI, AU Civil Engineering)
Duration: January 2017 - December 2017


Title: Forecasting toxic cyanobacterial blooms throughout the southeastern U.S.
Funding: USGS - National Institutes for Water Resources - $247,891
Website: http://wilsonlab.com/bloom_network/ 
Collaborators: Russell Wright (co-PI, Auburn University) and Kevin Schrader (co-PI, USDA)
Duration: September 2011 - August 2014
michael chislock - sampling   cyanobacterial bloom
Title: Collaborative Research: Consequences of consumer adaptation for ecosystem responses to fertilization and food-web perturbations
Funding: National Science Foundation (Ecology program) - $125,545 (total $411,728)
Collaborator: Orlando "Ace" Sarnelle (co-PI, Michigan State University)
Duration: March 2009 - February 2014
Alan and Jimbo setting up an experiment  Experimental mesocosms - with or without grazers
Title: Toxic cyanobacterial blooms and fish farming
Funding: Auburn University Agricultural Experimental Station - $54,650
Collaborator: Jesse Chappell (co-PI, Auburn University)
Duration: October 2007 - September 2008

cyanobacterial scum, pond aerator  limnocorral experiment at Michigan State University

Auburn President, Dr. Jay Gogue, Executive Vice President, Dr. Don Large, Fisheries Department Head, Dr. David Rouse

In May 2008, I described a recent field experiment to Auburn University Executive Vice President, Donald Large, President Dr. Jay Gogue, and past Fisheries Department Head, Dr. David Rouse.

Title: MRI RAPID: Acquisition of a FlowCAM for concurrent analysis of marine and estuarine hydrocarbon particles, microbes, and microinvertebrate assemblages
Funding: National Science Foundation (MRI program) - $100,002
Tool: Portable FlowCAM
Collaborators: Tony Moss (PI), Ken Halanych (co-PI), and Mark Liles (co-PI) (Auburn University)
Duration: September 2010 - September 2011
Title: Bloom-chasing: Establishing a monitoring network for toxic cyanobacterial blooms in Alabama's freshwater systems
Funding: Auburn University Hatch program - $50,000
Collaborator: Jim Stoeckel (co-PI, Auburn University)
Duration: October 2008 - September 2010
Product: models useful for forecasting algal and cyanobacterial blooms
Lake survey pond  Jesse and Reni sampling pond
Title: Bridging the gap between science, people, and policy for sustainable watershed management in the Tallapoosa River basin and beyond
Funding: Auburn University Water Center - $67,636 (total $500,000)
Collaborators: Bill Deutsch (PI) and many others (Auburn University)
Duration: June 2008 - May 2010
  Sean readying the ship for sampling on the Tallapoosa River  Kristin, Michael, and Sean filling field enclosures on the Saugahatchee River


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