Our Mission: To provide the scientific basis to manage southern bottomland hardwood and wetland forests and associated stream ecosystems for a sustained yield of forest products and other desired values.
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Delta Experimental Forest
The 1,044 ha Delta Experimental Forest in Washington County, MS is located near our Southern Hardwoods Laboratory and has provided the backdrop for many Forest Service research studies since its establishment in 1945.
Read more about the Delta Experimental Forest and our research projects in this CompassLive article.
Tallahatchie Experimental Forest
The 1,416-ha Tallahatchie Experimental Forest, located in the Upper Coastal Plain on the Holly Springs National Forest, near Oxford, MS and our Forest Hydrology Laboratory, was created in 1950 to study relationships between mixed pine and hardwood forests, flooding, and soil erosion.
Read more about the Tallahatchie Experimental Forest and our research projects in this CompassLive article.
News and Awards
CBHR scientist Dr. Ying Ouyang has been selected as a 2019 SSSA Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). This annual award, the highest recognition bestowed by the SSSA and only awarded to up to 0.3 percent of the SSSA’s active and emeritus members, recognizes outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. The following excerpt from the 07/16/2019 SSSA news release recognizes Dr. Ouyang's many contributions:
"Dr. Ouyang’s professional career has spanned the spectrum from basic to applied researches in soil, environment, and hydrology. He has authored 134 referred journal articles with 74 as the first author. Dr. Ouyang developed several novel methods and models on carbon dioxide flux, impact of afforestation on water resources, and real-time monitoring of water quality. He is world renowned in developing STELLA models, applying multivariate statistics, and pioneering the microemulsion remediation approach. He served as associate editor for Journal of Environmental Quality for 13 years. Dr. Ouyang has assembled and led numerous interdisciplinary research programs at the local, national, and international levels and is recognized as an authority on hydrology and water resource."
Visit our Crayfishes of Mississippi Website...
Mississippi has one of the most diverse crayfish faunas in the world and is home to at least 17 endemic species (meaning they occur nowhere else).
Download a free poster featuring over 30 color photos of Mississippi crayfishes.
First Global Assessment of Freshwater Crayfish Conservation Status
In 2010, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), led by scientists with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), assembled a group of 76 experts, including CBHR's Dr. Susan B. Adams, to apply the IUCN Red List criteria to the conservation assessment of all 590 of the world's freshwater crayfish. Since the southeastern US is one of the global centers of crayfish diversity, Dr. Adams' research with Crayfish in Mississippi and other areas of the South was an integral part of this assessment.
Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia)
Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) is a rarely seen woody plant that grows in seasonally flooded wetlands and on the edges of sinks and ponds in six southern states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as an endangered species in 1986. Much of the land where pondberry previously occurred has been converted to agricultural fields. Drainage and flooding of wetlands and timber cutting have also affected pondberry populations.
As part of a conservation program, it is essential to find all of the existing pondberry populations so that we may follow the growth or decline of the species. CBHR's Guide to Finding Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) is designed to help both amateurs and professionals correctly identify pondberry throughout the year. If you find a new population of pondberry, please contact us. We will add your information to the database we developed to track pondberry populations in the South.
Aging Mussel Shells
We've all heard of counting a tree's rings to determine its age, but did you know a similar procedure is used to determine the age of mussel shells?
Learn more about this process by viewing our captioned photo album "Aging Mussel Shells".
(Note: You must open the individual photos to see the explanations displayed below each photo. After you've opened one photo you can use the arrows just below the photo at the bottom right to navigate between photos.)