Aquatic Toxicology, Fish Physiology
Aquatic toxicology focusing on the physiological response of fish to verterinary pharmaceuticals, metals and agrichemicals. Ecologically relevant responses of fish focus on reproductive behavior and fecundity. Physiological traits measured feature tissue metal burdens, plasma concentrations of sex steroids, plasma vitellogenin, as well as androgen- and estrogen-responsive genes, such as estrogen receptor alpha, androgen receptor, vitellogenin, and others.
Elkhorn River Research Station: a data acquisition station on the Elkhorn River.
Nebraska Watershed Network: we are building a network of 6 data acquisition stations at each of the 6 major watershed in the state (Missouri, Elkhorn, Platte, Loup, Republican, and Niobrara). These stations will be involved in data acquisition W/R to water quality and W/R to outreach and educators, as information from each of these stations will be used to produce educational videos that will be archived online. This will allow for science and education/outreach to be done on multiple scales (household to watershed) and will also be scalable to interaction internationally. In Nebraska, given that there are so few major watersheds, we can basically cover them all with only 6-10 acquisition centers. This would be a one-of-a-kind system, and unique in the US and internationally.
- Miniaturized, mobile bioassessment laboratories.
- RT PCR capabilities
- Trace metal analysis
University of South Carolina
University of Florida
St. Cloud University
Northern Arizona University
University of Texas - El Paso
Research is ongoing in Colombia S.A., Spain