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

2014 Research Sympsosium

Time

Speaker

Title

9 a.m.

Dennis Ganschow (Clay County Weed Supervisor)

"Saltcedar on the Missouri National Recreational River and Niobrara Delta"

9:30 a.m.  Lisa Yager & Dugan Smith (National Park Service)
"Current NPS Activities on the Missouri National Recreational River"
10 a.m. Jim Vogelmann (USGS EROS Center)
"Earth Observation and Monitoring with Landsat 8"
10:30 a.m. BREAK & POSTER SESSION
11 a.m. Dave Swanson (USD Biology)   "Assessing Habitat Quality of Missouri River Riparian Woodlands for Migrating Birds Using Physiological Methods"
11:20 a.m. Ming Liu (USD Biology)
"Using Radio-telemetry to Assess Relative Stopover Habitat Quality of Missouri River Riparian Woodlands and Farmstead Woodlots for Migrant Birds in the Northern Prairie Region"
11:40 a.m. Chris Merkord (USD Biology)   "Projected Changes in Forest Bird Populations as a Result of Land-use/ Land-cover Change"
12 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1 p.m. Kelsi Hunt (Virginia Tech University) 
"Here's to you Mrs. Robinson: Double Brooding and Sex-specific Demography of Piping Plovers"
1:20 p.m. Dan Catlin (Virginia Tech University) 
"When Heaven Freezes Over: Oil Spills and Plover Survival Through the Annual Cycle"
1:40 p.m. Tim Cowman (Missouri River Institute) 
"Sedimentation in the Niobrara River Delta Region"
2 p.m. Ruthie Wetzel & Karen Herrig (USD Earth Sciences) 
"Influence of Suspended Load on the Dust Emission Potential of Missouri River Sand Bars"
2:30 p.m. BREAK & POSTER SESSION
3 p.m. Natasha Gault (Vermillion Public Schools) 
"Asian Carp Expedition: Vermillion Eighth Grade Students Investigate Asian Carp in the Missouri River Ecosystem"
3:30 p.m. Mark Dixon (USD Biology)
"Impacts of the 2011 Flood on Cottonwood Forests Along the Missouri River"
4 p.m.  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"