News and Awards Archive
Forestry technicians Chuck Walker and Shelley Griffin, and biological science laboratory technician Aaron Lancaster with the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, MS, collaborated with the Winterville Mounds to present their Annual Native American Days Festival. The Winterville Mounds is a National Historic Landmark located north of Greenville, MS, that was built by a Native American civilization that thrived from about 1000 to 1450 A.D. Winterville Mounds features 12 ceremonial mounds, two plazas, a museum and a park located on 42-acres. Paul Hamel, retired research wildlife biologist with the CBHR, serves as vice president of the Winterville Mounds Association, and spends a considerable amount of time as a volunteer. During the two-day event, more than 2,000 attendees learned about Native American culture from basket weaving, pottery, mound building demonstrations, games, and food. The annual celebration ended on Oct. 26 with Night at the Mounds, featuring a “Great Fire” showcasing the Oklahoma Quapaw Tribe’s dance troupe, Best Feather Dancers performing traditional Native American dancing, chanting, and storytelling around the substantial bonfire fueled by wood recycled from biomass and entomological research projects. Mark Howell, director of the Winterville Mounds Park and Museum, invited visitors to enjoy an unforgettable night under the stars by viewing the night sky through telescopes staggered throughout the Mounds!
Research foresters Emile Gardiner and Steve Meadows, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research participated in the 2018 Forestland Stewards Stakeholder Forum sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper in Vicksburg, MS. Meadows gave a presentation and took part in a panel discussion entitled “Bottomland Hardwood Management: How to Go Bigger for Wildlife and Water.” Gardiner worked with land owners, a private for-profit conservation company, and staff of NRCS to conduct, and facilitate discussions during a tour of three former agricultural sites that were being restored to bottomland hardwood forests. The NFWF and IP have partnered to restore forests in four regions: the low country of North and South Carolina the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee and Alabama, the piney woods on the Louisiana-Texas border, and most recently, the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
Zanethia Barnett, natural resource specialist, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research and colleagues from the University of Mississippi participated in the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Water Ways Exhibition in Clarksdale, MS by introducing guests to life in the Lower Mississippi River. Guests of all ages toured the exhibit and participated in the hands on presentation. Guests handled aquatic invertebrates, looked at invertebrates and zooplankton under microscopes, learned about the biology and ecology of freshwater ecosystems, and sampled river organisms. Zanethia was also the invited speaker at the recent University of Mississippi Women in STEM fall dinner.
CBHR's Aaron Lancaster, biological science laboratory technician, partnered with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Delta Council, Delta Health Alliance, and Delta Research and Extension Center to present Mississippi’s first International Fair on Aug. 3 in Stoneville, MS. Exhibits representing eleven countries and spanning three continents showcased cultural artifacts, information and photos, traditional artwork and clothing, and food samplings. Having lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lancaster shared Balinese wood carvings, ikat textiles, native spears, bark paintings, and wood-carved artifacts from Irian Jaya. Aaron also shared photos of scenery, architecture, and cultural diversity throughout the islands along with food and coffee samplings. Lancaster worked with Emile Gardiner, CBHR research forester, to develop and assemble an exhibit on the forests and cultures of Sweden and the Baltic Region. The exhibit to welcome and inform guests included photo-documentary books, maps of countries, folk tales, cultural events–including Swedish Crayfish Parties, wooden artwork, and traditional foods. Thishya Perera, one of the organizers of the Fair, received and shared positive responses and expressions of gratitude from attendees who immensely enjoyed the event. The Fair was a huge success due in large to the many dedicated collaborators from local, state, and federal agencies who worked together and were committed to its success.
CBHR's Zanethia Barnett, natural resource specialist, has won the 2018 Runner-Up Award for Best Oral Presentation in Applied Research for her presentation “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS TO CRAYFISH AND FISH POPULATIONS IN IMPOUNDED AND UNIMPOUNDED STREAMS IN ALABAMA” at the 2018 Society for Freshwater Science Meeting in Detroit.
At the recent International Association of Astacology 22nd Symposium on Freshwater Crayfish, CBHR's Susan Adams, research ecologist, received the Outstanding Professional Presentation Award and was recognized for her eight-year tenure as an officer of the association. CBHR's Zanethia Barnett, natural resource specialist, received the Outstanding Student Presentation Award. Adams and Barnett were among the scientists representing 16 countries and 5 continents. Adams served as a session chair and worked with another member prior to the symposium to developed IAA procedures and guidelines for Student Travel Awards. Barnett served on the Noble Crayfish Award committee to recognize outstanding public outreach efforts, and was appointed to serve on IAA’s new Social Media committee. The aim of the IAA is to encourage the scientific study, conservation and wise utilization of freshwater crayfish. In additional to the symposium, both attended a Crayfish Photography workshop and had an opportunity to tour sites in West Virginia and Maryland to see nine crayfish species and some hellbenders--the largest salamander in the U.S.
On July 12, 2018 CBHR's Emile Gardiner, research forester, and Ted Leininger, project leader, hosted five USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Pathways students from three area universities and four NRCS student interns from Puerto Rico in two separate tours of the Southern Hardwoods Laboratory in Stoneville, MS. Pathways students included Steven Byrd (Mississippi State University), Mykeldron Davis and Chase Clanton (Alcorn State University), and Brandon Shelby and Parker Frew (Delta State University). All five students are spending the summer working in area NRCS offices in north Mississippi. The interns from Puerto Rico, Sylvia Noriega, Victor Laguer, Rene’ Cruz, and Mario Valezquez-Fernandez were accompanied by Michael Trusclair, 1890 Program Liaison to Alcorn State University and Anthony Reed, assistant extension administrator with Alcorn State University. All four are in Mississippi for a six-week internship. Leininger outlined the mission of the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research including highlights of current research for both groups, and Gardiner gave an overview of historical and present-day bottomland hardwood forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
CBHR's Susan Adams, research aquatic ecologist, and Zanethia Barnett, natural resource specialist, recently published a crayfish trap comparison paper, “Comparisons of two crayfish trapping methods in Coastal Plain seasonal wetlands” in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. They compared crayﬁsh collections from minnow versus microhabitat traps in the Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Bolivar County, Mississippi, extending the knowledge of microhabitat trap effectiveness to seasonal bottomland hardwood forest ﬂoodplains.
Mr. Jarrod Sackreiter, PhD candidate, University of Mississippi Biology Department, discussed the influence of site connectivity on zooplankton assemblage dynamics within the lower Mississippi River floodplains at a recent Stream Ecology Lab brown bag lunch seminar in Oxford, MS. The lower Mississippi River has been heavily modified for flood control and navigation. This channelization and stabilization of the river reduces the formation of habitats essential for zooplankton community diversity. Zooplankton is typically the tiny animals found near the surface in aquatic environments.
Linda Petersson, a PhD candidate at the Southern Swedish Agricultural University in Alnarp, Sweden, recently completed a 2-month visit to the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, MS, to work with CBHR scientist Emile Gardiner, an advisor on her PhD committee. Linda is currently studying natural regeneration of oak in forests of southern Sweden that are valued for conservation, and her work in Stoneville, which will be included in her PhD thesis, will reveal physiological mechanisms that underlie how recently germinated oaks respond to shoot damage caused during stand disturbance.
On March 6, 2018 during the annual CBHR meeting Dr. Mel Warren was presented with his Rise to the Future Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award by John Rothlisberger, national program leader for aquatic ecology research (see the photo in the March 2018 edition of Around the Station, Awards and Recognition section). Before leaving Mississippi, Rothlisberger also spent some time in the field with Dr. Susan Adams and other members of the Ecology for Aquatic and Terrestrial Fauna (EATF) team (see "Rothlisberger spends time in Mississippi" in the SRS Highlights section of the above Around the Station newsletter). Also of note just below that article, CBHR's natural resource specialist Zanethia Barnett introduces Dr. Tim Colston, biologist, George Washington University, as guest speaker at the March 20th brown bag lunch seminar held at the Stream Ecology Lab in Oxford, MS.
Mickey Bland has received the 2017 Southern Research Station Director's Research Technician Award for his "outstanding technical support of the Ecology of Aquatic and Terrestrial Fauna Team, including consistently exemplary skill in field and laboratory research and organization".
Dr. Susan Adams was recently quoted in this February 2018 Science Magazine article about the parthenogenetic marbled crayfish...An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world
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."
A new (05/04/2017) Untamed Science video published on YouTube (Bats Vs. White-nose Syndrome: What We Know!) features Dr. Dan Wilson explaining how his current research using e-Nose technology can provide an early detection system for bats infected with White-nose Syndrome. Each bat species has its own unique smell, and this smell changes when a bat becomes infected. Anna Doty, Dr. Wilson's cooperative post-doctoral research associate through Arkansas State University who is collecting these unique smells from bats in the field, demonstrates the non-invasive technique which involves pulling air from around a captured bat into a bag for later laboratory analysis then releasing the bat unharmed.
Dr. Paul Hamel, Emeritus Research Biologist, was recently honored with the Mississippi Governor's Award of Merit (for 400+ hours) and the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award for his work as a volunteer and member of the Winterville Mounds Association. Winterville Mounds, a National Historic Landmark near Greenville, MS, is one of the largest and best-preserved Indian mound groups in the southeastern United States. Dr. Hamel's many contributions, one of which was cutting and carrying sumach stems from Winterville Mounds to pipe carvers at Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota, were also recognized in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Spring 2017 edition of The Volunteer Newsletter.