STREAMS - Synthesizing Teaching and Research using Experimental Aquatic Mesocosms
We have built an experimental stream facility at UF that will allow us to synthesize undergraduate and graduate teaching with cutting-edge research using artificial stream mesocosms outfitted with a networked sensor array that provides real-time data on stream temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and pH. This facility will be used for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in aquatic ecology, water resources management, and experimental design, and for conducting basic and applied research using controlled, replicated experiments. The design is based on the artificial stream array in Emma Rosi's lab at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and is housed in a greenhouse next door to the Dept. of Biology at UF. The stream array is now fully functional, and we are actively seeking collaborators to conduct research in the facility. Please contact us if you are interested in working here!
Our collaborator, Chris Dutton, programed and built an Arduino-based microcontroller to log and upload real-time data on temperature, humidity, and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) in the greenhouse. You can check out the data by clicking the button below!