Alexi C. Besser Ph.D. Student NSF Graduate Research Fellow Department of Biology University of New Mexico
A Little About Myself
I am a second-year Biology Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico. I am broadly interested in the connectivity between freshwater aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the role microbes play in these ecosystems. My current research focuses on using the stable isotope analysis of individual amino acids to study energy flow in river food webs and nutrient exchange between plants and microbes.
My Latest Project
Characterizing the Role of Heterotrophic Biofilms in Transferring Terrestrially-Derived Energy to Aquatic Consumers: A Mesocosm Experiment
The mesocosm experiments are well underway! We are seeing interesting differences in the invertebrate community composition and water chemistry among treatment types. Read more about the experiment under the "current projects" tab.