News & Updates
2020-02-12 - Hotchkiss featured in ESWN Spotlight
Erin was recently featured in the "Member Spotlights" of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN). ESWN is a community of women in the earth sciences that excels in "making science more inclusive". Erin joined ESWN as a graduate student in 2009, and credits ESWN-related networking and learning opportunities with much of her growth as a scientist, mentor, and educator. If you value diversity and the advancement of women in science, consider joining (membership is free) and engaging with virtual and/or in-person ESWN activities!
2020-02-01 - Biological Sciences Research Day
Students in the lab presented their results and research ideas at the 2020 Biological Sciences Research Day at Virginia Tech. The (now 17 year) tradition of a day celebrating graduate research in our department is a great opportunity to learn about the breadth of topics that motivate research in labs from Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Microbiology and Immunology; and Molecular, Cellular, Developmental, and Computational Biology! Presentations from the Hotchkiss Lab were:
Bretz, K.A.*, J.M. Monroe**, & E.R. Hotchkiss. Stream pCO2 and microbial metabolic potential in two forested mountain streams. Poster.
Plont, S.*, C. Miller**, J. Riney**, & E.R. Hotchkiss. How do stream confluences influence carbon cycling in freshwater networks? Poster.
* graduate researcher
** undergraduate researcher
2020-01-29 - O'Donnell and Hotchkiss co-author article in Water Resources Research
How does water quality and stream metabolism change with increasing flow? Check out our latest paper in Water Resources Research!
O'Donnell, B. & E.R. Hotchkiss. 2019. Coupling Concentration- and Process-Discharge Relationships Integrates Water Chemistry and Metabolism in Streams. Water Resources Research 55: 10179-10190. doi: 10.1029/2019WR025025
2020-01-20 - Photos from the field: #DelmarvaDisco sampling!
The Virginia Tech representatives for our collaborative NSF project, "Hydrologic connectivity and carbon fluxes in wetland-dominated catchments", spent a few days on the eastern shore of Maryland sampling our synoptic wetland sites, finalizing locations for sensor installations at core measurement sites, and getting to know the soils along wetland-upland transects! Team Hokies includes Katie Wardinski (graduate researcher), Tommy Cianciolo (research assistant), James Maze (research assistant), Erin Hotchkiss (co-PI), Durelle Scott (co-PI), and Daniel McLaughlin (PI).
2020-01-03 - Alexis Jackson receives GCC Undergraduate Research Grant
Alexis "AJ" Jackson, an undergraduate researcher in our lab, was awarded a research grant from Virginia Tech's Global Change Center (GCC)! AJ is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Biological Sciences. The GCC award will fund AJ's proposed research quantifying the consequences of warming for wetland carbon cycling. Congratulations, AJ!
Also: See GCC News Update.