SUMMER 2017 - SURVEY OF EASTERN U.S. STREAMS

In late-July 2017, I will conduct a regional study of Mid-Atlantic and Southeast streams. I am now recruiting 2nd or 3rd year undergraduates with an interest in freshwater ecology and research to join me on a 2-week field survey. Pre-survey training will begin in February 2017, using a series of online meetings. In late July 2017 (see tentative schedule below), each participant travel to Richmond, VA. We will then travel north as a group to begin the survey, starting with a pair of streams on the Blue Ridge, near Front Royal, VA. From there, we’ll travel southwest to survey a stream in the Smokey Mountains of TN and a low-gradient stream in central Alabama. At each site, we will conduct comprehensive surveys of physicochemical habitat, fish assemblage structure and biomass, and benthic invertebrates. The following academic year (2017-2018), each participant will complete an independent research project using data from the summer survey, with myself and a faculty mentor at the home institution serving as co-advisors. Results from the independent research project will then be presented at the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) meeting in summer 2018. All travel expenses will be paid, including round-trip airfare to join the group (if necessary) and all lodging and meals. Full travel expenses will also be paid for each participant to attend the annual SFS meeting the following summer.

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1. Posey Creek, Front Royal, VA

1. Posey Creek, Front Royal, VA

2. Paddy Run, VA-WV State Line

2. Paddy Run, VA-WV State Line

3. Boone, NC

3. Boone, NC

 
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4. LeConte Creek, Gatlinburg, TN

4. LeConte Creek, Gatlinburg, TN

5. Chattanooga, TN

5. Chattanooga, TN

6. Mayfield Creek, Moundville, AL

6. Mayfield Creek, Moundville, AL

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Tentative 2017 schedule

 

July 24 - Travel to Richmond, VA / Orientation and introductions

July 25 - Travel to Front Royal, VA

July 26 - Posey Creek sampling (invertebrates and physical habitat)

July 27 - Posey Creek sampling (fishes)

July 28 - Paddy Run sampling (invertebrates and physical habitat)

July 29 - Paddy Run sampling (fishes)

July 30 - Travel to Boone, NC / Rest day

July 31 - Rest day / Travel to Gatlinburg, TN

August 1 - LeConte Creek sampling (invertebrates and physical habitat)

August 2 - LeConte Creek sampling (fishes)

August 3 - Travel to Tuscaloosa, AL

August 4 - Mayfield Creek sampling (invertebrates and physical habitat)

August 5 - Mayfield Creek sampling (fishes)

August 6 - Rest day

August 7 - Travel to Richmond, VA

August 8 - Return home