Conservation Strategies for Freshwater Mollusks

Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Harris Brake (The Marriott Little Rock)
Reinforce the freshwater mollusk – fish connection and present a better understanding of the relationship between freshwater mollusk and fishes by advocating the conservation of freshwater mollusk resources; serving as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks; endorsing science-based management of freshwater mollusks; and promoting and facilitating education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems.
Stephen McMurray
Jeremy Tiemann and Steve McMurray
8:00 AM
Ecosystem Services Provided By Freshwater Mussels
Caryn C. Vaughn, University of Oklahoma; Carla L. Atkinson, University of Oklahoma; Daniel Allen, University of Michigan; Antonio Castro Martinez, University of Oklahoma; Brandon Sansom, University of Oklahoma; Brent Tweedy, University of Oklahoma

8:20 AM
Modeling Habitat Suitability for Threatened Mussel Species in East Texas Rivers
Lance Williams, University of Texas at Tyler; Marsha Williams, University of Texas at Tyler; Neil Ford, University of Texas at Tyler

9:00 AM
How Flood Disturbance Structures The Spatial Pattern Of Mussel Beds and Salmon Spawning Redds In A Large River
Christine May, James Madison University; Bonnie Pryor, Northern Hydrology and Engineering

9:20 AM
Does Scale Matter? A Multi-Scale Investigation of Unionid Species Assemblage and Microhabitat Parameter Relationships Within and Among Great Lakes Tributaries
Jennifer Bergner, Central Michigan Univesity; David Zanatta, Central Michigan Univesity; Daelyn Woolnough, Central Michigan University

9:40 AM
What Is the Role of Habitat, Life History and Host Fish in Determining Distributions of Louisiana Mussels?
Kenneth Brown, Louisiana State University; Wesley Daniel, Michigan State University

10:00 AM
Wednesday AM Break

10:40 AM
Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Management in Arkansas: Past, Present, and Future Considerations
John Harris, Arkansas State University; Bill Posey, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Chris Davidson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:00 AM
Conservation and Management of Freshwater Mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoidea) in Missouri
Stephen McMurray, Missouri Department of Conservation; M. Christopher Barnhart, Missouri State University; J. Scott Faiman, Missouri Department of Conservation; Travis Moore, Missouri Department of Conservation; Andrew Roberts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bryan Simmons, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:20 AM
Steps Taken During the Reintroduction of Federally-Endangered Mussels
Jeremy Tiemann, Illinois Natural History Survey; Robert Szafoni, Illinois Department Natural Resources; Joseph Kath, Illinois Department Natural Resources; Kevin Cummings, Illinois Natural History Survey

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