Pelini Lab at the International Congress of Entomology XXV

Last week, the Pelini lab traveled to Orlando, Florida with new research to present at the International Congress of Entomology. To get things started Monday morning, Amanda and Eric presented data collected this past summer at the University of Michigan Biological Station. Amanda first discussed her research on how tri-trophic interactions between predators (wolf spiders), […]

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Support Cari’s Research in Hawaii!

First-year master’s student Cari Ritzenthaler is crowdfunding for her research on Hawaiian invertebrates! Check out her page below for more information on the project and how to donate! https://crowd.instrumentl.com/campaigns/lava-nutrients-bugs-life-hawaii/ The Summary Invertebrates drive forest floor carbon cycling by shredding, consuming, and moving leaf litter, thereby facilitating carbon use and emissions by other soil fauna such […]

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Pelini Lab at SICB

Last week, the Pelini Lab traveled to Portland, Oregon for the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) conference. On Monday morning, master’s student Rob Baroudi gave a talk discussing his thesis work which focuses on how macroinvertebrate communities can impact litter decomposition along a successional gradient in a temperate forest. His research was […]

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Pelini Lab Salt Project

Over the past few weeks, members of the Pelini Lab have been going through a variety of samples collected from agricultural sites around Bowling Green as part of a preliminary investigation into how invertebrates present in these areas may be sodium limited. Our central hypothesis is that low-level Na enrichment of croplands will increase crop production […]

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