Swamp Monsters Take SWS

Last week the Swamp Monsters stormed the annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists in Providence, RI!

I presented an invited talk, entitled “Initial Responses of Methane Cycling to Deep Peat Warming in a Bog Ecosystem” focused on our work at the SPRUCE experiment.  Dr. Medvedeff gave a talk entitled “Revisiting Anaerobic Carbon Cycling in Peatlands: Do We Know What Happens to Glucose?” exploring some of our most quizzical laboratory results.

I’m particularly proud of the 3 students who gave amazing posters at the meeting.

The Swamp Monsters Dominated the 2015 SWS Meeting!  From left to right: Nikole Meade, Dr. Cassandra Medvedeff, Jenny Bowen, Kristin Gabriel and Dr. Keller.

The Swamp Monsters Dominated the 2015 SWS Meeting! From left to right: Nikole Meade, Dr. Cassandra Medvedeff, Jenny Bowen, Kristin Gabriel and Dr. Keller.

Nikole Meade was a student in our laboratory during the summer of 2014 through the REU SURFEES program at Chapman University and presented her work demonstrating, for the first time, that methylotrophic methane production is possible in peatland soils.  Kristin Gabriel (Biochemistry Major, Class of 2016) presented a great poster on the “Buckets” project which demonstrates that water-table level can lead to shifts in redox properties of organic terminal electron acceptors in peatland soils.  Finally, Jenny Bowen

(Chemistry and Environmental Science & Policy Majors, Class of 2015) shared the results of a project which explored anaerobic decomposition through both ecological and chemical perspectives.  Well done all around — they made us look good!

This meeting also reminded me that I’ve been working with Dr. Scott Bridgham since I was an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame.  He continues to be an incredible mentor and collaborator.  My office mate during graduate school, Dr. Colleen Iversen, was also at the meeting sharing the incredible work that she is doing on wetland root dynamics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

I've been working with Scott Bridgham (center) for 20 years -- starting as an undergraduate dish washer in his lab!

I’ve been working with Scott Bridgham (center) for 20 years — starting as an undergraduate dish washer in his lab!

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