Macalester College

Drawing by Meghan Davies - 2011This site belongs to Prof. Daniel J. Hornbach, Professor of Biology at Macalester College.  It was primarily started in an attempt to facilitate information search and retrieval for individuals within the Macalester College Departments of Environmental Studies and Biology.  Much of the content deals with our research on freshwater mussels in the St. Croix River, MN and WI.  We are especially interested in mussel conservation efforts and the relationship between changing land-use patterns and the long-term health of mussel communities.  We have a new project starting in 2014-15 in collaboration with the St. Anthony Falls Research Lab at the University of Minnesota.  We will be examining the impact of high sediment loads on mussels in the MN River and in flumes at the lab.

We have also become involved in the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) and are examining the impact of riparian vegetation on water temperature variation in small order streams.

Mini reunion of 3 Mac Alums and Prof. Hornbach
Mini reunion of 3 Mac alums and me at the
2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon.
Left to Right:  Lindsay Powers '92, Dan Hornbach,
Jennifer Opdyke Wilhelm '96, and Dan Allen '02.
Jennifer is an ecologist with King Co. Water and Land Resource Division, Seattle WA; Lindsay is a research associate with NEON in Boulder, CO; Dan Allen is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona - Mesa, AZ.
Summer 2012 Research CrewSummer 2012 Research Crew
Left to Right: Mark Hove, Forest Schenck,
Jenny Liu, Diane Rubin, Dan Hornbach

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