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JACKSON LAB STUDENT COLLABORATOR WINS AWARD! Congratulations to Rani Menon, Ph.D. student with Dr. Marge Holland and Jackson Lab collaborator, who won the student presentation award at the Society for Wetland Scientists Combined Meeting for South Central and South Atlantic chapters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rani presented her research "Effect of vegetation on bacterial community structure in agricultural drainage ditch soils". Updated 10/22/08.

NEW PAPER BY JACKSON LAB HONORS StUDENT! Congratulations to Andrew Weeks, a former Honors student who's thesis work "Influence of particle size on bacterial community structure in aquatic sediments as revealed by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis" was recently published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Andrew is currently in medical school at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Updated 8/15/08.

NEW PAPERS BY JACKSON LAB STUDENTS! Kurt Smart (current MS student) and Scarlett Vallaire (former undergraduate) recently had their first research papers published. Kurt's paper "The effects of fine scale environmental variation on microbial community structure and function in aquatic environments" was published as a chapter in Environmental Microbiology Research Trends (G. V. Kurladze (Ed.). Nova Science Publishers, Hauppage, NY), while Scarlett had some of her research published as "Microbial activity and decomposition of fine particulate organic matter in a Louisiana cypress swamp" in the Journal of the North American Benthological Society. Congratulations to both, and you can find an updated list of publications on the Publications page. Updated 4/2/08.

NABS 2007! Congratulations to MS student Kurt Smart who presented his research "Mapping the leaf surface: Fine scale spatial patterns in microbial enzyme activity on decomposing leaves in streams" at the Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS) in Columbia, South Carolina this past June. Updated 7/24/07.

THE MOVE! Well, if you found this site you know that as of August 2006 the Jackson lab has left Southeastern Louisiana University and we're now settled in nicely at The University of Mississippi in the hill country of Oxford, Mississippi. We're occupying some newly renovated lab space (see photo below) and thoroughly enjoying life in Oxford (one of the top college towns in the nation according to USA Today!). All research projects are ongoing and new opportunities for graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students are available either though departmental teaching assistantships or research assistantships. If you're an undergraduate student already enrolled at Ole Miss, I'm also looking for enthusiastic undergraduates to carry out research in my lab, so stop by my office (508 Shoemaker) or email me (cjackson@olemiss.edu) if you're interested in joining our group and conducting research in various aspects of micobial ecology. Updated 11/9/06.

RESURRECTION FERN PHYLLOSPHERE PAPER PUBLISHED! Our study on the effects of rainfall on the phyllosphere bacterial populations of resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides) was published in the November 2006 issue of FEMS Microbiology Ecology. Resurrection fern is a common epiphyte that grows attached to the branches of live oak trees throughout the southeast US. During dry weather the fern dries out and curls up, appearing dead. Within 24 hours of rain the fern is green and fully extended. Given this rapid change from a dry to wet environment is likely that any microorganisms that colonize resurrection fern must be adapted to these unusual conditions. We used enrichment, enzymatic, and molecular techniques to characterize the bacterial community associated with this unusual plant and how it responds to rainfall. You can read all about it in Jackson et al. 2006, FEMS Microbiology Ecology 58: 236-246. Updated 10/31/06.

ESA HURRICANE SYMPOSIUM REVIEW! In August 2006 I co-organized and chaired the symposium Ecological effects of Gulf Coast hurricances: Short-term impacts and long-term consequences at Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. The symposium gathered together researchers from around the Gulf Coast to discuss the impacts of hurricanes (in particularly Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) on coastal ecosystems. I recently reviewed the symposium for the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, which you can read as Jackson 2006, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 87(4): 374-379. Updated 10/31/06.

NABS - ANCHORAGE, JUNE 2006! Congratulations to Jackson lab students Angelle Camus, Haley Echlin, Roxanne Rudowicz, and Scarlett Vallaire, all of whom presented their research at the Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS) in June, while enjoying the never-ending daylight of Anchorage, Alaska, in June. Four student presentations at one meeting sets a new record for the Jackson lab. Nice work! Updated 8/15/06.



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