Our annual Research Symposium is held in the spring of each year. This is an event where academic and environmental experts discuss the science and future of the Missouri River. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Symposium Presentations

2015 Research Symposium: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time Speaker Title
9:00 Eric Sazama (USD Biology) Presence and distribution of Wolbachia in the Missouri National Recreational River
9:20 Jerry Warmbold (USD Biology) Emerging decline: Large consumers decrease aquatic insect emergence on a Missouri River backwater
9:40 Spencer Siddons (USD Biology) Wetland quality and amphibian assessment along the Missouri National Recreational River
10:00 Chris Boever (USD Biology) Effects of the flood of 2011 on riparian forest structure and composition along the Missouri River
10:20 BREAK
10:40 Robb Jacobson (Chief, River Studies Branch, U.S.G.S., Columbia, MO) Missouri River recovery plan effects analysis: progress and prospects
11:10 Joel Jorgensen (Nongame Bird Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission) Piping Plover management and recovery as a human dimensions challenge
11:30 Ed Bulliner (River Studies Branch, U.S.G.S., Columbia, MO) Empirically modeling Interior Least Tern habitat response to river hydrographs using Landsat TM imagery
12:00 LUNCH BREAK
1:00 Mark Dixon (USD Biology) Impacts of flow regulation on cottonwood forests along the Missouri River
1:30 Gerald Mestl (Missouri River Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission) Missouri River management
2:00 Lisa Yager (National Park Service, MNRR) Find (what's new at) your Park
2:20 Malia Volke (South Dakota State University, Natural Resource Management) The ecological significance of emerging deltas in the regulated Missouri River
2:40 BREAK
3:00 Galen Jons (National Resource Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Sandbar modifications to improve Piping Plover habitat
3:.20 Ming Liu (USD Biology) Arthropod prey availability and diets of migrating birds: a comparison of Missouri River riparian woodlands and farmstead woodlots
3:40 Kevin Buhl (U.S. Geological Survey – CERC, Station Leader, Yankton Field Research Station) Survival and drift behavior of pallid sturgeon free embryos and larvae in an artificial channel
4:00 Mark Sweeney (USD Earth Sciences) Sustainable rivers – Integrating earth science and sustainability across the curriculum
4:20 Tim Cowman (Natural Resources Administrator, South Dakota Geological Survey) Impacts of Missouri River hydrology and geomorphology on flooding in the lower Big Sioux River basin
4:40 David Swanson (USD Biology) Early ornithological explorations of the Missouri River in South Dakota
5:00 ADJOURN

Past Keynote Speakers

Michael Lawson
"Dammed Indians: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux"

Wayne Nelson-Stastny
"Looking into the Future for Missouri River Management"

Dr. Dennis Todey
"Impacts of Regional Climate Change on the Missouri River"

Tom Mullen
"Rivers of Change"

Dr. Richard Sparks
"The Costs and Benefits of Naturalizing Large, Regulated Rivers"

Dr. W. Raymond Wood
"Prologue to Lewis & Clark: The Mackay-Evans Expedition"