Roberts, Emily; Newcomb, Laura; McCartha, Michelle; Harrington, Katie; LaFramboise, Sam; Carrington, Emily; Sebens, Kenneth Many plants and sessile animals invest in mechanical attachment to their habitat by producing structural materials. The cost of this attachment can depend on the amount of structure produced to stay attached, but little is known about how much energy many organisms invest in such structures. One way that scientists evaluate … Continue reading Mussels attach to their habitat using byssal threads, but at what cost?
Garrett W. Hopper, Shuo Chen, Irene Sanchez Gonzalez, Jamie Bucholz, Yuehan Lu, Carla L. Atkinson Animals require specific elements to live and different species often require different ratios of those elements. When animals eat food, they retain required elements from their food and release those in excess as dissolved inorganic and organic forms of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous. These forms can be used by algae, … Continue reading Filter-feeder biomass and species composition matter to stream nutrient cycling