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Currently a Masters student @ USD studying the impact of larval dragonfly predation on the benthic and emerging aquatic insect community. For additional information on this study: thewesnerlab.com/research/larval-dragonfly-predation. Broadly, my interests include community ecology, invasive species and habitat conservation/restoration.
Fish are often the top-consumers in freshwater ecosystems, and can strongly affect the biomass of benthic and emerging insects. However, based on our dataset, the study of fish effects is largely limited to experiments that manipulate 1-2 species of cyprinids or salmonids, most of which are water-column foragers. As a result, our knowledge of the r...