Evaluating nanopore sequencing for microbial community characterization in catfish pond water

Evaluating the use of nanopore sequencing technology for the microbial characterization of catfish aquaculture pond water, with implications for water quality and disease management.

Rotenone Has Little Effect on Water Quality, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, or Macroinvertebrates in Aquaculture Nursery Ponds

Evaluating the short-term effects of rotenone usage in the treatment and management of catfish aquaculture ponds.

Activation of Henneguya ictaluri Actinospores by Nonictalurid Fish Species, with Implications for Management of Proliferative Gill Disease in Catfish Aquaculture

Investigation into the potential use of non-ictalurid species as dead-end hosts for _Henneguya ictaluri_, a parasite of Channel Catfish

Diversity in catfish production ponds

Investigating the diversity and community structures in food fish and fingerling catfish production ponds

Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and occupancy models to estimate atypical Aeromonas hydrophila (aAh) prevalence in catfish

Investigation of atypical _Aeromonas hydrophila_ prevalence at the organ-, individual-, and pond-level. Swabs were taken from the gills and lower intestines of channel catfish and analyzed using qPCR to detect bacterial DNA. Results from qPCR were used to inform occupancy models to investigate prevalence and non-perfect detection.

Don't Worry, I'm a Doctor!

Yesterday, April 20, 2020, I successfully defended my doctoral research! In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown, the defense was completely virtual (other than one of my co-advisors being in the room).

Biocontrol of Proliferative Gill Disease using Gambusia

Evaluating the use of _Gambusia_ spp. as a dead-end host for _Henneguya ictaluri_, the causative parasite of Proliferative Gill Disease (PGD).

Morphometric Analysis of Trematode Parasites

Using morphometric analysis to evaluate taxonomic designation of trematode parasites of the genus _Apharyngostrigea_.

Summer Shenanigans

So, my final summer as a PhD student just wrapped up and I have to say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. This summer led to a wide range of new experiences, projects, and results.

Spring Semester Wrap-up!

As the spring semester wraps up and the 2018-19 school year comes to a close. I am currently prepping for the LAST field season of my doctoral work! I am slated to graduate in May 2020, which means I will be defending my dissertation in February or March, most likely.