Aquatics Research by Dr. Gary Wellborn

Small species crustacean collection

Dr. Gary Wellborn investigates how predation, competition, and other features of the environment shape species evolution and lineage diversification. They studied a group of freshwater crustacean species in the genus Hyalella. These species are common in Oklahoma and throughout North and South America. At KAEFS, they have studied common small-sized species that lives in ponds (see photo). Studies of this population have included evaluating its competitive interactions with other species, its antipredator adaptations, and its mating behavior.

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