September 29th was a big day for the gang. In the morning, John Crawford successfully defended his dissertation and in the afternoon, Samantha Oliver passed her prelims to become a dissertator. Quite a day and job well done!
Vince Butitta will be starting his M.S. research in the Freshwater and Marine Science program this fall. He's already involved in studies of mussel life history and the use of the flame to study lakes.
John Crawford is the 2014 recipient of the Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award from the ESA Aquatic Ecology Section, in recognition of his paper "Ebullitive methane emissions from oxygenated wetland streams" in Global Change Biology. And John will be talking to the folks at WORT 89.9 FM here in Madison about those methane bubbles in streams on 30 June.
Nora Casson is heading back to Canada and a faculty position in the Geography Department of University of Winnipeg. Tough to see her go, but tempered by knowing how great she'll be as a professor. And of course, the collaboration will continue!
Everyone had a great week in Portland at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting and delivering talks across several sessions. Lots of great representation from current CFL grads and many, many CFL alums, including plenary speakers Pat Soranno and Julian Olden.