SRU biology faculty, alumni present at Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting


September 9, 2022

Two Slippery Rock University alumni presented their master’s research at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this summer, along with Dean DeNicola, professor of biology.

Alexis Neff, a 2020 SRU graduate with a degree in biology, presented a poster titled “Pre-restoration assessment of fish communities in downtown Grand Rapids.” Jacob Hockensmith, a 2021 SRU graduate with a degree in biology, gave the oral presentation titled “Evaluating the response of invasive flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) cytotypes to chemical control measures.” Cory Shoemaker, SRU professor of biology, was a co-author on Hockensmith’s paper. DeNicola gave the presentation titled “Examination of the roles of dispersal and species sorting on periphyton primary succession using a stochastic model.

Neff is a graduate student at Grand Valley State University and Hockensmith a graduate student at Mississippi State University.

With more than 3,000 attendees, JASM is the world’s largest gathering of aquatic scientists, students, practitioners, resource agency staff, and industry representatives.