Topic: APSU Center of Excellence for Field biology
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Dover, TN – Please join APSU staff, Fort Donelson staff, and volunteers on November 5th, from 9:00am – 3:00pm for a day filled with hands-on activities about water resources in Tennessee.
Clarksville, TN – A typical ant is only about one-eighth of an inch long and weighs around 3 milligrams. At that size, it should be considered relatively harmless, but most people don’t want the insects inside their houses. Termites and bedbugs might be a little larger, roughly a quarter of an inch in size, but they are equally unpopular as houseguests.
On September 29th and 30th, some of the state’s top scientific minds will take up the topic of pest detection and control methods during the 38th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society (TES). «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – There was something strange about the turtle, aside from its enormous head. Normally, the other species in the broad-headed group of map turtles confined themselves to a single major river system, butalum Josh Ennen (’05) knew this particular turtle was listed as living in two separate rivers.
“That was interesting, so I started looking at the genetics of the species,” he said. He compared populations of Graptemys gibbonsi (Pascagoula map turtle) from the Pascagoula and Pearl rivers.
Clarksville, TN – In the eastern highlands of Brazil, near the densely populated city of Rio de Janerio, there exists many streams and rivers where caddisfly larvae thrive and over which the adults swim and mate. The tiny, drab-colored insects are related to moths and butterflies, but rather than having scale-covered wings like their familiar cousins, the wings are covered by small hairs.
But human expansion and development, in an effort to make room for the region’s millions of people, is threatening the habitats of these insects, and they are in danger of disappearing from the earth without anyone, even scientists, knowing of their existence. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN - Four faculty and staff employees atrecently were recognized through their scholarly and professional activities.
Dr. Stuart Bonnington, professor of psychology, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy at its annual meeting March 4th. He has received two other awards from this organization: Service to the Division (1993) and Dedicated Service to the Division (2005). «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The next Provost Lecture Series atwill feature an Austin Peay State University professor and ichthyologist whose research is centered on the challenges of documenting and describing fish diversity.
Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor in the APSU Department of Biology and principal investigator in the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, will speak at 3:00pm, Thursday, February 24th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The event is free and open to the public.
The title of her talk is “The Challenges of Describing Biodiversity: Examples from North American Darters.” «Read the rest of this article»
Everything was quiet that January afternoon in rural Virginia. It was too cold for the screeching of insects, and the farm was far enough away from major roads for the sounds of traffic to bother the three researchers.
But as the men approached the tall, conically shaped feed storage bins, they heard a faint hissing. Something was alive inside. Christopher O’Bryan, anbiology student, climbed a ladder to the top of the 27-foot high structure and peaked through a trapdoor. That’s where he saw the adult and three young barn owls roosting.
The sighting was the first regional record of winter nesting for that bird. Photos were taken to mark the occasion, and notes jotted down in tattered field guides. Five years later, O’Bryan’s findings were published as the lead article in the Virginia Society of Ornithology’s science publication, “The Raven.”
“I found it back in 2005, and it just now got published,” O’Bryan said. “I was very glad it finally came out while I was still an undergrad.” «Read the rest of this article»
How a friends gift enabled this author to truly discover Land Between the Lakes
This spring, we were fortunate enough to get a free canoe. We christened the boat the D.D. Rios, in honor of Debbie and David Boen (who gave us the canoe) and a previous owner, we know only as “Rios.” After putting silicon on the 22 different leaky rivets, a few coats of paint, and some Grateful Dead stickers, we have enjoyed numerous weekends at Land Between the Lakes, canoeing, hiking, and camping. The generosity of others, our wonderful experiences at LBL, and my wife’s picture taking, have inspired a new column for me, simply entitled “The LBL Series.”
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