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Grad student receives grant to continue research

An Austin Peay State University graduate student recently received a grant to continue his research.

Dereck Eison, a candidate for the Master of Science in biology, is the recipient of the Fred Stevenson Scholarship Award, a $1,000 grant given by the Federation of Fly Fishers South Eastern Council. It was one of five competitive grants awarded this year.
An Austin Peay State University graduate student recently received a grant to continue his research.

Dereck Eison, a candidate for the Master of Science in biology, is the recipient of the Fred Stevenson Scholarship Award, a $1,000 grant given by the Federation of Fly Fishers South Eastern Council. It was one of five competitive grants awarded this year.

The money will be used to purchase field equipment (sampling supplies, reference materials and field clothing) needed to perform research in Pleasant Grove Creek, a heavily polluted stream that flows south into the upper Red River near Adairville, Ky. The APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology, where Eison is a graduate research associate, is restoring the watershed with grant funding from the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Program.

Eison's research focuses on using fish as indicators of water quality and investigating how land-use practices impact fish assemblages within Pleasant Grove Creek. His project is one of five monitoring programs (algal assays/periphyton, macroinvertebrates, bacteria and nutrients/water quality) being conducted in the Pleasant Grove Creek and adjacent watersheds.

“The purpose of the monitoring is to obtain baseline data for future projects associated with implementing best management practices in the watershed,” said Eison, who works under the direction of his adviser, Dr. Andrew Barrass with the Center, and four other researchers in the biology department.

A native of Friendship in Crockett County, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Tennessee-Martin. -- Melony A. Jones