Monday, August 1, 2016

Dr. Rier and Students Publish Research

Dr. Steven Rier and two former students, Keith Kinek (BS Biology and MS Biology) and Sarah Hay (BS Biology, environmental biology),  recently published a paper entitled “Polyphosphate plays a vital role in the phosphorus dynamics of stream periphyton” in the June issue of the journal Freshwater Science.  This paper is the first to demonstrate the importance of polyphosphate storage during storm runoff as a mechanism for microganisms to alleviate phosphorus stress in nutrient poor streams.  This research involved experimental work in the Bloomsburg University Stream Research Facility located in the basement of Hartline Science Center, extensive sampling in Fishing Creek and a large-scale survey of streams throughout central PA.  This research was funded by the Degenstien Foundation and Bloomsburg University.