Study Site

We study the nematode communities of Lake Phelps located in North Carolina, USA, with the goal of understanding the impact of environmental correlates on nematode communities.
Lake Phelps is a large freshwater lake located primarily in southeastern Washington County in North Carolina with a small portion extending into Tyrrell County. It is the state’s second largest natural lake and is a part of Pettigrew State Park and the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. With an unknown origin of the lake, many scientists have proposed hypotheses including underground springs, wind and wave action, meteor showers, peat burn, and glacial activity.  The lake is estimated by geologists to be approximately 38,000 years old and lies on a peninsula between the Albemarle Sound and the Pamlico River. This peninsula contains many low-lying swampy areas with thick organic sediment and well-drained areas with fertile mineral and organic soils. Much of the land on the peninsula has been cleared of vegetation, drained, and is now used for large-scale agriculture. 

Map of Lake Phelps

 

General Info on Lake Phelps