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August 2011 Great Plains Bioassessment Symposium

  • Date Held: 10 - 11 August 2011
  • Location: Nichols Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
  • Attendance: attended by 54 people from 8 states


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This symposium is for everyone (students and professionals) conducting aquatic ecological studies that contribute to the field of biological monitoring in the central USA. This is an opportunity to meet, present posters or oral presentations of our work and research, and look for collaborative opportunities. All fields of freshwater biology and associated water regulatory issues are welcome: phycology, entomology, ichthyology, taxonomy, water quality, invasive species, biomonitoring, permitting and regulation.

We will wrap up with a workshop on developing a Standard Taxonomic Effort tool for macroinvertebrate identification in support of bioassessment in the Great Plains. Aquatic bioassessment is a primary tool of the regulatory agencies in measuring habitat health and water quality. Comparisons between bioassessment datasets are not possible without standardization; without data standardization the data become subjective. Therefore, it is paramount that taxonomic practices are standardized as they apply to bioassessment. Actions based on biological data require standards of comparability and repeatability. Therefore, there is a pressing need to formalize the rules for defining and updating standard taxonomic effort levels.


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Role of Bioassessments in Clean Water Act Programs. Bruce Perkins, U.S. EPA Region 7, Kansas City, Kansas

The Kansas Water Office. Debra Baker, Environmental Scientist, Kansas Water Office, Topeka, Kansas

Introduction to the Central Plains Center for BioAssessment. Debbie Baker, Central Plains Center for BioAssessment, Kansas Biological Survey

Evaluation of relations between stream biological conditions and environmental variables in urbanizing watersheds of northeastern Kansas. T.J. Rasmussen, B.C. Poulton, and J.L. Graham, U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Science Center, Lawrence, Kansas and U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, Missouri

A multi-tiered approach for biological assessment of urban streams. Donald H. Wilkison, U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Water Science Center-Kansas City Office

Development of multi-metric regression models for predicting macroinvertebrate response to changes in stream quality in the Blue River, Kansas and Missouri, USA. Poulton, B.C., Graham, J.L., and Rasmussen, T.J.; U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, and U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Science Center

Cyanobacterial blooms: toxins, tastes, and odors. Jennifer L. Graham, Keith A. Loftin, Craig D. Adams, and Stephen J. Randtke; U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Science Center and University of Kansas, School of Engineering

Assessing variability among hydrogeomorphic riverine wetland subclasses. Daniel Dvorett, Joseph Bidwell, Craig Davis and Chris DuBois; Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia, and Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Effects of land use on aquatic invertebrate communities in depressional wetlands of north central Oklahoma. Micah D. Meyer and Craig A. Davis, Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment in Temporary Wetlands: Limitations and Opportunities. D. Christopher Rogers, Kansas Biological Survey

Integrative approach for forecasting water quality within the framework of climate and land-use change in Kansas. Lindsey Witthaus, Val Smith, Belinda Sturm; Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department, University of Kansas

Zebra mussels in the Neosho River basin, Kansas: assessing dispersal, colonization, and reproductive chronology. Benjamin R. Smith, Skyler E. Delmott, Jason M. Goeckler, David R. Edds; Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University, and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

New and interesting taxonomic and ecological findings in aquatic Lepidoptera (Pyralidae). Don Huggins, Central Plains Center for BioAssessment, Kansas Biological Survey

Diversity of Chironomidae (Diptera) in Nebraska. Barbara Hayford, Department of Life Sciences, Wayne State College, Nebraska

Historical changes in the occurrence and distribution of freshwater mussels in Kansas. RT Angelo, MS Cringan, E Hays, CA Goodrich, EJ Miller, MA VanScoyoc, and BR Simmons, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Relocated Unionid Survival, 15 years later, Wolf River, Wisconsin, Heidi Dunn and Lisie Kitchel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Ecological Specialists, Inc.

Standard Taxonomic Effort Working Group - An introduction to SAFIT; the Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists. D. Christopher Rogers, Kansas Biological Survey

POSTERS - see program for abstract

Habitat Preference for a Nebraskan Endemic Species of Fairy Shrimp (Crustacea: Anostraca). William Mausbach, Wayne State College, Nebraska

Developing macroinvertebrate community metrics for water quality assessment in wetlands: an example from the impounded wetlands bordering the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Lawrence J. Gray, Dept. of Biology, Utah Valley University

Sediment quantity in pristine prairie streams: do burning and bison have an effect? Danelle M. Russell, Walter K. Dodds, Bartosz Grudzinski, Melinda D. Daniels, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

BOOTH - Ecoanalysts, Gary Lester, Moscow, ID

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