Bill McDowell, PhD student in James Byers’ Lab, was recently funded by GIN for a small research exchange to Portugal. He was working on the invasive clam Corbicula fluminea in the Lab of Ronaldo Sousa.
Bill McDowell wrote:
From July 1 – July 15 Dr. Ronaldo Sousa and I conducted sampling to determine variability in the feeding preferences of the invasive clam Corbicula fluminea in four different rivers in northern Portugal – the Tua, the Tamega, the Paiva, and the Minho Rivers. These rivers ranged from oligotrophic to eutrophic, allowing us to try and determine whether human inputs impact the feeding preferences. This study will also includes comparisons in Georgia rivers, as Dr. Sousa will be visiting Georgia in the last two weeks of July. Additionally, during this time I was able to help Dr. Sousa with a variety of other projects on the invasive clam, as well as rare mussel surveys.