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.
A Selection of our Recent Publications...
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CompassLive Articles Featuring the Center's Research
Meet our Research Teams...
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
Dr. Mel Warren has been announced as the recipient of a 2016 Rise to the Future Award, specifically the Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award, in recognition for his "significant and ongoing research contributions to conservation of freshwater fishes. Mel has over 140 publications, including books, book chapters, and over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles on ecology and conservation of fishes, mussels, crayfish, and aquatic insects. He organized and facilitated the first comprehensive assessments of the conservation status of North American freshwater mussels, crayfishes, and fishes, which laid the ground work for a holistic approach to conservation of freshwater diversity. Mel is an energetic leader as demonstrated by his involvement with professional societies. He served as an associate editor to the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. Currently, Mel is co-editing a three volume work, Freshwater Fishes of North American. Volume 1 is published, Volume 2 is near completion, and Volume 3 is well underway. As with much of Mel’s work and efforts, these volumes will undoubtedly become the standard reference for all aspects of fish ecology, evolution, and conservation in colleges and universities around the country for years to come."
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.)