Freshwater mussel communities are important components of freshwater ecosystems; however, in recent years there have been dramatic declines in both population size and species diversity throughout the United States. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) wants to locate and protect healthy freshwater mussel populations in southern Lake Ontario watersheds. Honeoye Creek has a freshwater mussel community that has remained stable, which makes it an ecosystem of particular interest. My masterís thesis will quantitatively survey the mussel community, determine the population health of each species, and attempt to determine why Honeoye Creek is an exception to dramatic declines of freshwater mussels elsewhere in New York State and the United States.
|Presenter:||Robert Cornish (Graduate Student)|
|Time:||4 pm Session V|