Merritt Lab Research
This research is currently investigating an emerging mycobacterial disease associated with disturbed aquatic environments and aquatic invertebrates.
These studies are assessing the quality of wetlands, streams, and large rivers using macroinvertebrates.
Several research projects involving marine derived nutrients (dead salmon) and the community responses of stream insects to this subsidy, as well as the effects of clear-cut logging in headwater streams.
Studies over the last 20 years have concentrated on larval feeding behavior and ecology of mosquito and black fly larvae.
Several studies have been conducted over the past 15 years on the non-target effects of microbial insecticides (B.t.i., Bacillus sphaericus) on aquatic insects.
Many studies have investigated the effects of human activities on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities.
Several studies have been conducted on the role of macroinvertebrates in stream/floodplain interactions and their role in processing organic matter in the floodplain.
Research in this area has addressed the ecology of insects involved with forensic investigations, with an emphasis on aquatic insects.