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12/12/2016 at 3:52:42 PM GMT
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Greetings all,

As the incoming Chair of the Freshwater Salinization Advisory Group, I have a few goals for the upcoming year.  I think it would be great if we could develop a community of people sharing ideas and potentially using the group as a communication tool to stimulate collaboration and/or cross fertilization.  I'm sure that many of the members don't know each other yet, so perhaps it would be useful if each of you wrote a few sentences about what activities you are engaged in with respect to freshwater salinization.

If you could provide a few sentences about your position and activities, I will try compile a graphic that links our interests and efforts.  I'll start with this:

I'm David Buchwalter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. I am interested in how physiology and ion transport underlie the differential sensitivity of freshwater species to freshwater salinization. We specialize in the use of isotopic tracers to measure ion (Na, Ca, SO4) flux rates and the interactions of major ions in aquatic insects.   

If you could provide me with a brief intro like mine above, I will compile them and share them with the group. 

I would also like to increase membership in the group, so please invite your colleagues to join if they are not in the membership list.    


David Buchwalter


12/13/2016 at 2:43:11 PM GMT
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I'm Dave Soucek, a Principal Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign, IL. I'm interested in how variations in ionic composition influence the toxicity of elevated major ion solutions to freshwater invertebrates, and in manipulating ion combinations in toxicity tests to explore drivers of toxicity.

12/14/2016 at 4:46:33 PM GMT
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I'm Ralf Schäfer, Professor for Quantitative Landscape Ecology in the Institute for Environmental Sciences at University of Koblenz-Landau. With respect to salinity, my working group focuses on salinity effects in aquatic ecosystems, particularly aquatic insects, including questions of the contribution of different ions to the observed effects. In addition, I recently became interested in modelling background and future levels of salinity in stream ecosystems on larger spatial scales.

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12/15/2016 at 3:43:02 PM GMT
I am Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles, postdoc researcher at the University of Barcelona (Spain). I have studied the impact of potash mining on rivers and streams and I have co-authored several papers on freshwater salinization. I recently build a set of artificial streams to study different aspects of salinization (e.g. toxicity of different ions, the effect of press versus pulse salt releases). I am specialised in aquatic macroinvertebrates. I am also interested in meta-community ecology and freshwater conservation.

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