The ATKAPPS Exchange
When Carla Atkinson and Krista Capps reflected on graduate school, one of the things they lamented was not having the opportunity to really understand how other freshwater labs functioned. Therefore, during a research trip to Mexico, they came up with the idea of a laboratory exchange program--The ATKAPPS Exchange. During the exchange, members of the Atkinson Lab of the University of Alabama and the Capps Lab of the University of Georgia explore what it is like to be in an aquatic ecology laboratory at a different institution. We share our research questions, challenges, and triumphs, and we have the opportunity to get feedback on our research from a diverse scientific audience. The exchange is a time for a celebration of freshwater ecology and an exploration of what it means to be a freshwater scientist in the southeast. Roll Dawgs!
- 2015--University of Alabama--We traveled to U of A to visit with their amazing freshwater team and spent a day at the Cahaba River.
- 2016--University of Georgia--We networked with the wonderful UGA team and visited Panther Creek with visiting scholars from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Mexico and the University of Southern Mississippi.
- 2017--Cancelled due to aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico.
- 2018--Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center--We were hosted by and shared our work with the amazing researchers in freshwater ecology and herpetology at the Jones Center and took an incredible educational float trip on the Ichawaynochaway Creek.