Mac Callaham and his group shared their research on earthworms at the May 2019 Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting in Salt Lake City. The presentations documented their work with sparganophilid earthworms at Calhoun and other SRS Experimental Forests (Hitchiti and Scull Shoals, specifically). The Sparganophilidae are a group of native North American earthworms that have been overlooked by both soil ecologists and freshwater ecologists, partly due to the fact that they live right at the edges of lakes and streams in sediments that are saturated at least part of the time.
Know your water, know your soil, know your worms? – Earthworms and biogeochemistry at the margins of North American freshwater. Callaham, M.A., Jr., R.R. Carrera-Martínez, and M.K. Taylor (2019): Oral presentation at the Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2019
Influence of earthworms (Oligochaeta: Sparganophilidae) on decomposition of riparian leaf litter. Carrera-Martínez, R.R., M.K. Taylor, D. Markewitz, L.A. Sutter, and M.A. Callaham, Jr. (2019): Poster presentation at the Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2019