Welcome to the home of the Sabo Laboratory at ASU!
Research in the Sabo lab focuses on links between hydrology and food web ecology in river and riparian ecosystems. We are particularly interested in understanding how water and energy link terrestrial and aquatic communities. Continue reading
Fall semester 2015 just started! And the Sabo lab is growing: we would like to welcome Mengdi, Christina, Jaishri and Hongkai (about to arrive from China). You can see why we are scientists (and not artists) below:
The Sabo Lab
American bullfrogs are originally from the eastern United States, however, over the last century they have spread around the globe. They are a threat to many aquatic communities because they feed on and compete with native species, and they also spread amphibian diseases.
Our Masters student Robin Greene is interested in how these introduced amphibians influence aquatic ecosystems in arid-land rivers. Last summer she set up experiments on the bank of the San Pedro River (near Sierra Vista, AZ). The goal was to study how introduced bullfrog tadpoles, compared to native Woodhouse’s toad tadpoles, influence algae productivity, nutrient levels and microbial activity in the sediment.
Results to arrive soon… stay tuned!
[L to R: Bullfrog, Woodhouse's toad, Experimental setup]
The Sabo Lab is growing! Qi Deng, from Wuhan University (China), just joined us. He majored in hydrology and will continue to pursue his interests in sustainable water management and climate change in the Sabo Lab, through SOLS Environmental Life Science program. Welcome!
A new article by Sabo and Glennon was published today in the journal Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future. Read on to learn more about how to sustainably develop water resources in the Western United States!
A paper based on work from Eric Moody‘s M.S. thesis is now available at the open access journal PLoS ONE. Check it out here or on Twitter!
We captured a September 5 flood on camera just after getting the equipment installed and online . . .
You can see the point bar is saturated and the flood pulse is coming
Overbank, note the side channel
Check out the Sabo lab’s new live camera at our research site on the San Pedro River! Thanks to Israel for setting it up!
Much of our lab’s research is focused on ecohydrology and intermittent streams. This article in the Arizona Daily Star provides a great summary of just how important it is to examine the effects of hydrology on stream and riparian systems!