By Josh Dulaney
The Oklahoman 

University of Oklahoma professor leads dry stream research


December 5, 2018

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cutting under a bridge along East Indian Hills Road near Norman, Elm Creek transforms from pool to riffle and teems with midges, detritivores and oligochaetes.

Big words for bugs and worms.

Listen long enough to Daniel C. Allen, a 38-year-old biology professor at the University of Oklahoma, and you will learn which bugs are predator or prey, the value of filter-feeder insects and why the tiger beetle, with its metallic blue armor, stops by the water on occasion.

"There's a lot of ways to make a living in the stream," Allen told The Oklahoman .

Even when the water disa...

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