2015 Ecosphere paper back in the news

I was lucky enough to be interviewed a few weeks ago for Elizabeth Dunbar’s Minnesota Public Radio on cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae) and their role in dog deaths.  My audio was cut out of the broadcast version, but the text is available or you can listen to the extended version online. Nothing particularly profound, but it’s cool to know that our work on cyanobacteria as modifiers of lake nutrient cycling is of interest beyond the narrow realm of ecology.

Two big weeks in the media for lab members Kathy and Sam

It’s been a week of back-to-back high profile papers for members of the lab. Go team go!

On January 8, the Team Gloeo PIs had our concepts & synthesis paper on cyanobacteria as drivers of nutrient cycling in lakes published in the open access journal Ecosphere. Because the work is on cyanobacteria (and perhaps because it was a slow news week?), several members of the media picked up on the story and we were covered on several local NPR affiliates as well as in The Blade and the Minnesota Post. (Thank you to all of my media training gurus for making the process somewhat less stressful, especially Katherine Lanpher, Catherine O’Neill, and the other folks from the OpEd Project!)

On January 12, postdoc Sam Fey had a paper describing recent increases in mass extinction events across a wide variety of organisms published in PNAS.  This, too, has been featured in a number of publications, including a just-aired radio interview.

As Sam told me yesterday, talking about our work can be very time-consuming, but it’s also a fun and an important part of the job!

 

Looking forward to a new adventure of my own next summer!

I’ve been elected to be Member-at-Large of the Ecological Society of America starting at the close of the 100th annual meeting in August 2015.  I’m excited about this chance to serve the Society in a different way, and in particular to tackle issues about diversity in ecology, including ensuring that award nominations and presentations are done in a balanced way.