King directs students and manages all research projects in the aquatic ecology lab.
King is a bit of a flyfishing fanatic and prone to brag about fishing experiences (the 7.5', ~200 lb Alligator Gar in photo, which was caught near campus, was released unharmed).
Jeff is a world-class taxonomist and maintains one of the largest personal collections of aquatic Hemiptera and Coleoptera any of us has ever seen. Jeff generated an amazing data set on nutrient stoichiometry of macroinvertebrates differing in their life history traits across developmental stages for his dissertation at Baylor, which he defended in 2013. He remains a core collaborator with our lab as instrument specialist with CRASR and QA/QC officer on the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Joint Phosphorus Study.
Daniel studied water quality and its influence of biota in experimental streams for his master's thesis. Here, he is a core member of the Alaska headwater stream team and is studying the influence of nutrient availability on periphyton growth and enzyme activity in salmon-rearing streams of the Kenai Peninsula and in subtropical limestone streams in Texas. He has published 2 papers from his dissertation (Freshwater Science and Hydrobiologia, respectively) and is wrapping up his third chapter with intent on graduating in 2019. Dan is currently a Research Associate at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, his home state.
Stephen joined the lab in Fall 2013. He spent three years following graduation from college working on several projects ranging from harvest surveys on crabbing vessels in the Alaskan Bering Sea (yes the same ones featured on the television hit, Deadliest Catch) to collecting data on rocky intertidal communities on the Oregon coast. His research is focused on algal and macroinvertebrate species assemblage responses to eutrophication in mid-order rivers. His first dissertation chapter, "Freshwater eutrophication sharply reduces temporal beta diversity" was published in Ecology in 2018. He plans to graduate in 2019..
Brittany joined the lab in Fall 2015, leaving an oil and gas position as a Process Improvement Specialist optimizing the manufacturing processes of drill pipe through Lean and Six Sigma. Brittany is currently focused on the effects of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles on food webs. Brittany was heavily involved with a wetland mesocosm study at Duke University where she focused on the effects of environmentally realistic nanoparticle concentrations crossed with nutrient enrichment on aquatic insect emergence, consumer-mediated nutrient recycling (snail excretion rates), and other contributions to overall study (e.g., she coauthored papers published in Ecological Applications and ES&T, both in 2018).