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ASU, Environmental Sciences host 5th biennial symposium, workshop
5, 2007 --
University and the Environmental Sciences Program were the hosts for the
5th Biennial Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society
Symposium and Habitat Restoration Workshop held at the Peabody Hotel in
Little Rock, Sunday-Friday, March 11-16. ASU Department of Biological
Sciences assistant professor Alan
D. Christian and adjunct professor
John L. Harris were the chair
and assistant chair, respectively, of the symposium and
workshop. Approximately 275 academic, state and federal agency,
non-government organization, and industry personnel attended the
conference. There were ten workshop presentations, nine plenary session
presentations, 51 poster presentations, and 80 platform presentations.
A total of 16 presentations were given by ASU Biological Sciences and
Environmental Sciences faculty (Alan
D. Christian, Jerry L. Farris, Jeannette M. Loutsch),
and Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences graduate students (Allison
M. Asher, Sara E. Seagraves, David M. Hayes, Nathan Wentz, Andrew J.
Peck, Ryan M. Allen, Mickey W. Matthews, Holly C. Martin, and Raven L.
Lawson) and Biological Sciences undergraduate students
(Kentaro Inoue, David
Baldridge, and Tracy A. Bianco). Two invited presentations
were “Ecohydrolics and freshwater mussel aggregate locations in large
river systems: empirical evidence of the refugia concept and promising
research areas” by A.J. Peck,
J.L. Harris and
A.D. Christian during the Habitat Restoration Workshop and
“Freshwater mussel ecosystem ecology: The integrated functional roles of
water quality, pollution, and physical habitat in supporting adult and
early life stages of freshwater mussels and their role in nutrient
recycling” by W. G. Cope, A.D.
Christian, R.B. Bringolf, N. Wang, T.J. Newton,
J.L. Farris, T. Augspurger,
F.J. Dwyer, M.C. Barnhart, R. J. Neves, E. Hammer, and C.G. Ingersoll.
Seven poster presentations included “Conservation of the Ouachita
Creekshell, Villosa arkansasensis
(Lea 1853): reproduction and host fish suitability” by
S.E. Seagraves, J.L. Farris, J.L. Harris
and A.D. Christian, “Freshwater Snails of the Ozark Mountains
in Arkansas” by D.M. Hayes and A.D.
Christian, “Land use and freshwater mussel assemblage changes
in the lower White River, Arkansas: 1930 to 2002” by
K. Inoue, J.L. Harris, and A.D. Christian, “Assessment of a
potential Potamilus capax
(Green 1832) refuge: the use of biotic and habitat indices as indicator
of freshwater mussel habitat in the Tyronza River, Arkansas” by
N. Wentz, A. Peck, J. Harris, and A.D.
Christian, “Freshwater mussel Habitat variability and
movement patterns following relocation: a case study of
Potamilus capax (Green
1832)” by D. Baldridge, A.J. Peck,
and A.D. Christian, “The use of protein concentration as a
potential indicator of freshwater mussel (Mollusca: Bivalvia) fitness”
by T.A. Bianco,
A.J. Peck, J.M. Loutsch, and A.D.
Christian, and “The use of relative glycogen concentrations
to assess fitness in freshwater mussels (Mollusca: Bivalvia)” by
R.M. Allen, A.D. Peck, J.M. Loutsch, J.L.
Farris, and A.D. Christian.
Seven platform presentations included: “Molecular
phylogenetics of Elimia potosiensis
(Caenogstropoda: Pleuroceridae) from the interior highlands” by
D. M Hayes and R.L. Minton,
“The use of micro-satellite analysis to determine paternity in
freshwater mussels” by A.M. Asher,
E. Monroe, J.M. Loutsch,
D. J. Berg and A.D. Christian,
“The role of distinctive freshwater bivalve communities and the exotic
Asian clam in nutrient recycling along the continuum of an Ozark river”
by M.W. Matthews and A.D. Christian,
“Condition assessment of relic valves as estimators of time since
mortality in unionid bivalves” by E.A.
Ashcraft and J.L. Farris, “Assessment of freshwater mussel
relocation as a conservation strategy” by
A.J. Peck, J.L. Harris, J.L. Farris, and
A.D. Christian, “Cumulative watershed effects in the South
Fork Spring River: habitat, mussels, macroinvertebrates and fish
response variables” by H.C. Martin,
J.L. Harris, and A.D. Christian, and “Species and size
selective predation of freshwater mussels on the Buffalo National River,
Arkansas” by R.L. Lawson, M.W.
Matthews, F. Usery, S. Hodges, and
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