USD Missouri River Institute Research Symposium is March 5

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Academic and environmental experts will discuss the science and future of the Missouri River during the 2009 Missouri River Institute Research Symposium at The University of South Dakota on Thursday, March 5.

Faculty and students from the USD Biology and Earth Science Departments, University of Texas-Arlington and University of Nebraska-Omaha will address their research with half-hour lectures at the Al Neuharth Media Center beginning at 9 a.m. Representatives from Missouri River Relief, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers, USGS EROS Data Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also make half-hour presentations during the symposium, which concludes its afternoon schedule with a 4 p.m. lecture by USD graduate students Lisa Walters and Rachel DeMots entitled, "Water Quality and Biological Characterization of Missouri River Backwaters." In addition to the presentations, posters documenting Missouri River research will be featured at the Al Neuharth Media Center. Persons interested in Missouri River issues are encouraged to attend as discussions will focus on the science, history and policy of the Missouri River.

All presentations are free and open to the public, including the keynote address, "Looking into the Future for Missouri River Management" by Wayne Nelson-Stastny, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit or contact Tim Cowman at (605) 677-6151 or via e-mail at