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2017 - Middlesboro, KY

SWS South Central Chapter fall meeting - CANCELLED
October 11-13, 2017 in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro, KY

 

2016 - Pensacola Beach, FL

Gulf Estuarine Research Society and Society of Wetland Scientists Fall 2016 Meeting

Nov 2 - 5, 2016

Description
The Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) South-Central and South-Atlantic chapters are convening a meeting on November 2-5, 2016 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach on Pensacola Beach, Florida. The theme for this meeting is: "Connections across the Gulf Coast: Watersheds, Wetlands, and Waterways." Both societies emphasize mentoring and support for students and early career professionals in aquatic and wetland sciences in the Gulf of Mexico region.


Location
Hilton Pensacola Beach
12 Via de Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
To make reservations, call: (850) 916-2999


Schedule

Wednesday, November 2:
Workshops & Field Trips - classroom at GED
3:00 pm: US EPA Gulf Ecology Division Tour

Thursday, November 3:
8:00 am - 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Plenary speaker - Beth Middleton Research Ecologist USGS
9:30 am - 10:15 am: Contributed paper sessions - joint session
10:15 am - 10:30 am: Coffee break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Contributed paper sessions - joint session
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Two concurrent sessions
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Coffee break
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm: Two concurrent sessions
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Poster session and mixer

Friday, November 4:
8:00 am - 10:15 am: Concurrent sessions
10:15am - 10:30 am: Coffee break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Concurrent sessions
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Plenary speaker – John Day LSU
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Concurrent sessions
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: - Grad student panel
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Grad student awards
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: GERS business meeting & SWS business meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Banquet

Saturday, November 5:
Workshops & Field trips
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Gulf Islands National Seashore Tour
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pensacola Watershed Restoration Tour
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Macrobenthic Indicators Workshop

 

2015 - Memphis, TN

We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 24th Annual Fall Chapter Meeting
 


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24TH ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER

When: October 8-10th 2015
Where:
University of Memphis, Department of Biological Sciences & Department of Earth Sciences, 300 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152-3530

ANNOUNCEMENT: The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting its annual fall chapter meeting at the University of Memphis. Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Earth Sciences, the meeting will bring students, scientists, consultants, and other professionals together to present and discuss the cutting edge of wetland science and research. The meeting includes educational workshops, oral and poster presentations, a field trip to the Mount Tena Mitigation Bank, and an evening social.

   

PRE-MEETING WORKSHOP: (October 8, 2015, not included in regular registration costs. Non-Members registering for this workshop and who also wish to attend the general meeting will be allowed to register under the Members rate. Please check the appropriate boxes when registering).

In May of this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the EPA issued a new final definition of Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), which becomes effective in August. This new definition has been dubbed the “Clean Water Rule”.   SWS is offering a half-day workshop digesting the new definition and how it will affect USACE and EPA jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).   The workshop will be led by long-time SWS member Matt Stahman of SWCA Environmental Consultants.
There are three key sections of the new rule that we will review:

  1. definitions of eight categories of WOTUS (“A1 – A8 waters”), some of which are similar to previously defined WOTUS while some are new or have new interpretations
  2. definitions of what are not considered WOTUS, such as waste treatment systems, artificially irrigated areas, man-made lakes, stormwater control features, water-filled depressions associated with mining or construction, and other certain types of ditches
  3. definitions of key terms such as “neighboring”, “tributary” and “significant nexus” — with several significant changes from previous definitions — that affect agency interpretations and CWA Sections 404 and 402 permitting requirements

We will also review several implications of the new rule, including:

  1. Expanded CWA jurisdiction in parts of the country, especially where five special groups of similarly situated waters occur, including the Texas Gulf Coast
  2. Greater scrutiny of potential jurisdiction for ditches and other man-made waters
  3. Increased permitting requirements under CWA Section 404, as well as Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permits
  4. A likely increase in the permitting backlog that will affect permittees’ project schedules and increase project costs associated with permitting and mitigation

How will this affect your business?  Expanded CWA jurisdiction will affect land development, local governments, energy infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, and mining interests, among others.  Projects that may not have needed CWA before may need those permits moving forward, affecting schedule, scope and costs.  Costs for mitigation of impacts to WOTUS will also be a factor.
This workshop will use real-world examples to illustrate some of the nuances of the new rule and how they relate to your business, including land development, transportation, pipelines, facilities and other infrastructure.
FIELD TRIP: (October 10, 2015, included with registration)

Mount Tena Mitigation Bank: In 2014, Ducks Unlimited gained approval of the 138 acre Mt Tena Creek Mitigation Bank.  The MTCMB lies within the floodplain of the Wolf River at the confluence of Mount Tena Creek. Despite several hydrologic alterations the entire site except the ridge is created by sandy over wash, exhibited multiple primary and secondary indicators of wetland hydrology resulting from rainfall, direct runoff and seepage from adjacent upland areas.

Ducks Unlimited implemented the hydrology restoration in late 2014 and the reforestation in March 2015. The project was developed in partnership with the Wolf River Conservancy, who know holds the conservation easement on the property. Upon meeting the performance standards that the property will be transferred to the State of Tennessee and be available for the public to use as part of the over 6,000 acre state natural area/wildlife management area complex.

The Mt Tena Creek Mitigation Bank is an outstanding example of utilizing compensatory mitigation to achieve an established conservation goal of multiple public and private partners.

LODGING: The Holiday Inn and Fogelman Center will offer discounted room rates for the chapter meeting. A block of rooms will be reserved and more may be added if necessary. Reservations must be made 30 days in advance to secure the discounted rate. Use "SWS" as your discount code. Both locations offer shuttles to and from the airport.

Holiday Inn Memphis – University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
www.holidayinn.com/mem-uofm

Fogelman Executive Conference Center & Hotel Business Office
330 Innovation Drive, Suite 206
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Ph: 901/678-5410 | Fax: 901/678-5329

EVENING SOCIAL EVENT: Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.  Also on site, the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

ABSTRACTS: Students can submit their presentation abstracts to Kevin Janni, kjanni@swca.com. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and the deadline is September 25, 2015.

STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS: (Deadline: 9/18/15) Six (6) travel awards of $100 will be offered to student members of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Please submit a letter and budget to Kevin Janni, kjanni@swca.com or cthompson@tarleton.edufor consideration.

2014-Corpus Christi, TX

23ND ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER

Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5869
October 23-25th, 2014, Corpus Christi TX

Registration information
Registration fees will be $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands. Register for this great meeting today!

Students - 2nd call for abstracts
Students it is time to show off your research.
Share your interesting research with other wetland scientists at the Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter in Corpus Christi, TX from October 23rd-25th, 2014. If you are a student researching any aspect of wetlands, all you have to do is submit an abstract of 300 words or less to Robert Kroger at by September 26, 2014. Acceptance of your abstract will be by email.

Student Travel Awards. This year, SCC is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Robbie Kroger at by September 26, 2014. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response that your application was received, please follow up with an email to Robbie.

Accommodation – Block Room
The Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter has secured a room block with Comfort suites near Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (1814 Ennis Joslin, Corpus Christi, TX, 78412). The room block code is Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter Group. The room block has s fixed cutoff date of September 12th to get the rate of $97 for either a king or queen, single or double room.

Best Student Presentation Awards
SCC will give away two awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards of $800 for first place and $600 for second place, to attend the 2015 SWS meeting in Rhode Island, MA, May 31-June 4th, 2015.

Tentative Meeting Agenda
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127
Thursday, October 23rd
Hydric Soils and Hydrology Workshop October 23 (9am-5pm)


This workshop will focus on hydric soils and hydrology per the US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement(s). This workshop has classroom and field components. The course will cover hydrology, soil taxonomy, chemistry, structure, and soil profile development (e.g., matrix color, redoximorphic characteristics, concentrations/depletions, etc.) as it relates to field indicators of hydrology and hydric soils. The instructor will present information describing the required indicators for hydric soils and wetland hydrology.

Classroom -9am to 12pm
Lunch on your own
Field Component – 1-30 to 5

Cost: $225

Location: HARTE Research Institute, Conference room 127

Instructor: Dr. Richard Griffin, CPSSc - Prairie View A&M University National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils

Griffin Bio
Dr. Griffin serves as a University representative on the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils (NTCHS) to ensure that hydric and wetland soils issues are supported by scientific knowledge gained from field and laboratory research projects. He assisted in the review and testing of the hydric soil indicators for the Regional Supplement. Dr. Griffin also helped establish testing which allowed several of the hydric soil indicators and problem soil notes, specific to the Texas Gulf Coast Prairie, be included in the Regional Supplement.

Friday, October 24th
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127

7:30am – 9:00am Registration.
9:00am – 12:00pm – Professional Talks. Talks include a discussion from USACE on the new waters of the US ruling, a talk from GLO on the use of LIDAR for wetland mapping, and an update on RESTORE activities.

12:00 – 2:00pm Lunch on your own.

2:00pm – 5:00pm Field Trip to Port Aransas. Transport to Port Aransas will be provided as necessary. This will be an afternoon that is for everyone to choose their pleasure – whether it's looking at coastal marsh, birding with some of our local chapter experts, or experiencing the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday evening Social – downtown Corpus. Location TBD

Saturday, October 25th
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration. 8:30am – 11:00am Student Presentations
11:30am – Student Awards presented and meeting adjournment.

Registration Information
Call for registration will be coming soon and will include more details about the meeting. Registration fees will be tentatively $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands.

2013-Starkvill, MS

22ND ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER:

WHEN: October 17-19th, 2013
WHERE: Mississippi State University, Starkvill, MS

Call for abstracts

Share your research! If you are student researching any aspect of wetlands, submit your abstract of 300 words or less to Robert Kroger by September 15, 2013.

Student Travel Awards
This year, the South Central Chapter is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Robert Kroger by September 15, 2013.

Best Student Presentation Awards
The South Central Chapter will give away four awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards of $800 for first place and $600 for second place and the two best posters will receive $400 and $200 for first and second place respectively, to attend the 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (SFS, SWS, PSA and ASLO) May 18-23, 2014.

Workshops
(there will be an additional charge for the workshops, price to be determined) The exact nature of the workshop has yet to be determined.

Tentative Meeting Agenda
All activities will occur on the campus of Mississippi State University, Starkville MS in Thompson Hall.

Workshops will be conducted on Thursday, October 17. Invited presentations will be scheduled for Friday morning followed by Friday afternoon field trips. There will be a Friday evening social gathering. Student presentations will be scheduled for Saturday. Depending on number of student presentations this may start as early as Friday morning. Stay tuned, more details about the meeting will be coming soon. Check the chapter website for updates.

Tentative Registration Information Call for registration will be coming soon and will include more details about the meeting. Registration fees will be tentatively $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands.

2012-Fort Worth, TX

We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 21st Annual Fall Chapter Meeting
 


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21ST ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER:

WHEN: October 18-19th, 2012
WHERE: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107

VIEW MEETING LOCATION MAP

ANNOUNCEMENT: The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting its annual fall chapter meeting at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). The meeting will bring students, scientists, consultants, and other professionals together to present and discuss the cutting edge of wetland science and research. The meeting includes educational workshops, oral and poster presentations, a field trip to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, a BRIT tour and plant walk, and an evening social.

   

LODGING: The Holiday Inn Express in downtown Fort Worth will offer discounted room rates for the chapter meeting. Twenty rooms will be reserved and more may be added if necessary. Reservations must be made 45 days in advance to secure the discounted rate. Use "Society of Wetland Scientists" as your discount code. The Holiday Inn Express offers complimentary shuttle services anywhere within a 3 mile radius of the hotel – this includes transportation to and from BRIT, Will Rogers Center, TCU, the Stockyards, the Cultural District, the Medical District, Downtown, etc.

Holiday Inn Express
1111 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 698-9595
website

PRE-MEETING WORKSHOPS: (October 18, 2012, not included in regular registration costs. Non-Members registering for this workshop and who also wish to attend the general meeting will be allowed to register under the Members rate. Please check the appropriate boxes when registering).

Texas Wetland & Stream Functional Assessments: USACE Galveston (iHGM & Stream Condition Assessment SOP) and Fort Worth Districts (TXRAM): (8 am – 5 pm). This workshop will include both a presentation of the methods and their application on specific case studies. The morning session will focus on the mechanics of the functional assessment methodologies. The afternoon session will focus on their application to specific case studies and a comparison of wetland and stream mitigation requirements and costs that result from using each method. Lunch will be provided.

Workshop Instructors: Matt Stahman (Past-President, South Central Chapter, SWCA Environmental Consultants), Jody Schaap (SWCA Environmental Consultants), Ricky Wilson (HDR Engineering, Inc.)

FIELD TRIP: (October 19, 2012, included with registration)

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: Located just outside the DFW metroplex, the mission of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is to educate the public and provide research opportunities in the areas of water quality and supply, wildlife management, and wetland systems. These ideas reflect the vision of Bunker Sands, who directed the creation of over 2,100 wetland acres, including the site of the East Fork Wetland, developed and operated by North Texas Municipal Water District. The East Fork Wetland includes approximately 1,840 acres of wetland habitat and is one of the largest constructed wetlands in the United States.

BRIT TOUR AND PLANT WALK: (October 19, 2012, included with registration) BRIT staff will be providing tours of the collections, grounds and facilities, highlighting botanical resources, sustainable features and innovative landscaping designs. The tour will last about 2 hours. Please be prepared to be standing or walking for the majority of the tour, which will include time spent outdoors.

EVENING SOCIAL EVENT: TBA

STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS: (Deadline: 9/19/12) Six (6) travel awards of $100 will be offered to student members of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Please submit a letter and budget to Carol Thompson, cthompson@tarleton.edu for consideration.

2011 - Lafayette, LA

Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
October 20-22, 2011, Lafayette, LA

USGS National Wetlands Research Center (view map)

We encourage you to register online, however if you prefer, Click here to download the registration form (Microsoft Word is required).

Meeting Agenda
The conference theme is "Challenges to Achieving a Resilient Gulf of Mexico Coast."

Student Travel Awards
This year, SCC is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Carol Thompson at cthompson@tarleton.edu by September 10, 2011. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response that your application was received, please follow up with an email to Carol.

Best Student Presentation Awards
SCC will give away two awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards ($800 for first place and $400 for second place) to attend the joint INTECOL-Wetlands and SWS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida June 3-8, 2012.

Workshops
(there will be an additional charge for the workshops, see registration form)


Wetland Functional Assessments: Practical Application for Determining Wetland Mitigation on the Gulf Coast
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Matt Stahman, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Houston, TX
- This workshop will be held at the Estuarine Habitat and Coastal Fisheries Center (view map)

**Only 4 seats left, email cthompson@tarleton.edu or call 254-968-2029 before you register to make sure there is room.

This workshop will focus on the practical application of current wetland functional assessments used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg, New Orleans, Fort Worth, and Galveston Districts. This full day workshop will teach Charleston Method, Modified Charleston Method, TXRAM, and HGM using real-world project examples. Results from each method will then be compared to available mitigation bank credits using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on-line RIBITS mitigation database. Workshop attendees will be taught how to calculate projected wetland mitigation costs for projects requiring Clean Water Act permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

An Overview of Field Identification of Louisiana's Coastal Wetland Plants Larry Allain, Botanist, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA
This one day class includes a discussion of field identification characters of common wetland plants and hands on identification of herbarium and freshly collected plant specimens. During the afternoon session the class will visit a wetland to practice identification skills.

This workshop will be held at the USGS Wetlands Center (view map)

Field Trips
(depart Friday at 12:45pm from NWRC, return in time for social)

Shereburne WMA
The Sherburne WMA is operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This WMA lies in the floodplain of the Atchafalaya River, which is the 5th largest river in North America in terms of discharge. Most of the Sherburne WMA is classified as bottomland hardwood forests; it has been isolated from normal spring floods since the mid-1900s but often is flooded by backwater flooding from the Atchafalaya River. In 2011 it received a direct spring flood from the Mississippi River for the first time since the mid-1900s when the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time since its construction in the 1950s. Attendees will visit Moist Soil Management Units to learn about artificial wetlands managed for shorebirds and waterfowl learn more (pdf). Attendees also will visit thinned and un-thinned forests to learn about forest structure and habitat quality for migratory song birds learn more (pdf). Finally, attendees might return to Lafayette via Krotz Springs and visit Billy's MiniMart to learn about craklins, boudin, and boudin balls.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation. Historically, Rockefeller wintered as many as 400,000-plus waterfowl annually, but severe declines in the continental duck population due to drought and poor habitat quality on the breeding grounds have altered Louisiana's wintering population. In addition to ducks, geese, and coots, numerous shorebirds and wading birds either migrate through or overwinter in Louisiana's coastal marshes. Neotropical migrant passerines also use the shrubs and trees on levees and other "upland" areas of the refuge as a rest stop on their trans-Gulf journeys to and from Central and South America. Common resident animals include mottled ducks, nutria, muskrat, rails, raccoon, mink, otter, opossum, white-tailed deer, and alligators. An abundant fisheries population provides recreational opportunities to fishermen seeking shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and largemouth bass, among others.

Since 1954 Rockefeller Refuge has been a test site for various marsh management strategies, including levees, weirs, and several types of water control structures utilized to enhance marsh health and waterfowl food production.Eleven impoundments are currently in place with some manner of water control. The basic management scenario utilized on Rockefeller is to stabilize water levels and reduce salinities to encourage growth of submerged aquatics and, in the fresher units, spring and summer draw-downs encourage production of annual emergents. Rockefeller staff are involved in a wide range of research projects. Rockefeller Refuge is probably best known for pioneering research into alligator ranching, physiology, and life-history. Statewide brown pelican and bald eagle restoration and monitoring are also conducted from Rockefeller. Applied marsh management, waterfowl habitat management, and mottled duck population dynamics are other research topics ongoing at the refuge.

Social and Supper
UL Alumni Center (view map)
corner St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Drive
5 to 8 pm Friday

For this event we are partnering with the UL Department of Communication for their 12th Annual Fish and Game Fiest (view last years menu). We will be treated to choices of numerous dishes cooked by local chefs and alumni, a taste of the bounty provided by Louisiana's wetlands (shrimp, oyster, trout, redfish, turtle, alligator, duck, goose, deer, nutria, etc.). Beer and wine will be provided at no additional cost, and live traditional Cajun music will be provided by world renowned Les Freres Michot, featuring our own Tommy Michot and his brothers.

ACCOMMODATIONS
20 rooms have been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn, for $89/night.

Use group code SWS when registering.

Rooms will be held until 10/5/11.

2350 West Congress Street
Lafayette, Louisiana
Tel: 1-337-291-1977
website

Contact Information

Dr. Carol Thompson
SWS South Central Chapter President
Tel: (254) 968-9739
cthompson@tarleton.edu

Dr. Thomas C. Michot
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Tel: (337) 482-1799
tcmichot@louisiana.edu

Dr. Ken Krauss
USGS National Wetlands Research Center
Tel: (337) 266-8882
kkrauss@usgs.gov

2010 - Oxford, MS

Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
October 21 - 23, 2010, Oxford, MS



The annual South Central Chapter meeting will be held in Oxford, MS, from October 21-23, 2010. The overall theme for the meeting is ‘Wetlands in a landscape context’. The meeting will start with optional workshops on Thursday. All presentations (poster and podium) are scheduled for Friday and Saturday and will be held at the University of Mississippi Field Station (UMFS). A field trip to the USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory will be held late Friday morning. The Friday night social and mixer will be held at Parrish’s (just off the historic Oxford Square).

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, October 21
9.00 AM – 3.30 PM

Workshop 1:
Crayfish Ecology and Identification in the Southern USA

Location:
The University of Mississippi Field Station

The workshop will focus on general taxonomy, biology, and ecology of crayfishes in the southern U.S and will be hosted by Dr. Susie Adams, ecologist, US Forest Service Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Oxford, MS. She has graduate degrees in Fisheries Management and in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the U of Idaho and the U of Montana, respectively. She has conducted fish, crayfish, and amphibian research in wetlands, roadside ditches, streams, large rivers, and lakes and recently created a Crayfishes of Mississippi website.

Click here for more details about UMFS. The main goals of the workshop will be to facilitate better understanding of crayfishes in the context of other studies, and to practice crayfish sampling techniques. Participants will learn enough crayfish anatomy to begin identifying specimens. The depth of the topic will depend on the interests of the participants. Specimens of numerous genera and species, as well as dissecting scopes, will be available for some practice with identification. Various sampling methods will also be discussed and several of them will be tried out in the afternoon on the grounds of the Field Station. There should be plenty of time available to discuss the areas of interest to participants. Resource lists for further reading will be provided. Bring hip or chest waders if possible. Box lunches will be provided.

9.00 AM – 3.30 PM
Workshop 2:

Using and Applying Geographic Information Systems to Wetlands
Location:
Room 238, The Geoinformatics Lab, Old Chemistry Building, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

The University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center (UMGC) is a multi-disciplinary research center conducting research in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIS&T). UMGC has conducted research with faculty and graduate students from the various departments including: Biology, Computer and Information Science, Geology and Geological Engineering, Sociology and Anthropology, School of Business, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. UMGC strives to improve the understanding, usage and access to geo-spatial information for all areas of interest by conducting and disseminating research in GIS&T and remote sensing. UMGC also develops and hosts community relevant applications and workshops. UMGC will be hosting a one day workshop highlighting the use and application of GIS&T for wetlands and environmental scientists. The workshop will focus on the basics of GIS while including information and tips on applying GIS to environmental applications. The GIS workshop will be a full day workshop conducted by Hal Robinson, Associate Director, University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center. It will be held at the Geoinformatics lab on the main campus of the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Box lunches will be provided.

6.00 – 9.00 PM
SWS SCC Board Meeting, Old Taylor Grocery, Taylor, MS

Friday, October 22
Location:
Education building, The University of Mississippi Field Station, Abbeville, MS

8.00 – 9.00 AM Registration and Coffee
8.30 AM Posters go up
8.45 – 9.00 AM Welcome and overview of meeting Marge Holland and Matt Stahman
9.00 – 9.30 AM Ray Highsmith, Director, UM Field Station
9.30 – 10.00 AM Mel Warren, USDA Forest Service
10.00 – 10.15 AM Coffee Break
10.15 – 10.45 AM Martin Locke, USDA ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory
10.45 – 12.30 PM Field Trip to USDA ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory
12.30 – 1.30 PM Box Lunch at UMFS and Poster viewing
1.30 – 2.30 PM Chapter business meeting



Student Presentations

2.30 – 2.50 PM Andrew W McDonnell, Mississippi State University
2.50 – 3.10 PM Justin J Geise, University of Memphis
3.10 – 3.30 PM Sajag Adhikari, University of North Texas
3.30 – 3.50 PM Coffee break and Poster viewing
3.50 – 4.10 PM Josef Hoffmann, Louisiana State University
4.10 – 4.30 PM Elizabeth Usborne, Mississippi State University
4.30 – 4.50 PM Rick Zarate, University of North Texas
4.50 - 5.10 PM Melissa Koontz, University of Memphis
6.00 – 9.00 PM Reception at Parrish’s pub (Just off The Square, Oxford, MS)

 

Saturday, October 23
Location:
Education building, The University of Mississippi Field Station, Abbeville, MS

Welcome Student Presentations

8.30 – 8.45 AM Welcome
Student Presentations
8.45 – 9.05 AM Rani Menon, University of Mississippi
9.05 – 9.25 AM Tyler J Stubbs, Mississippi State University
9.25 – 9.45 AM Traci C Hudson, Arkansas State University
9.45 – 10.05 AM Bishnu R Twanabasu, University of North Texas
10.05 – 10.25 AM Coffee break and Poster viewing
10.25 – 10.45 AM Justyn R Foth, Mississippi State University
10.45 – 11.05 AM Huy Vu, University of Houston
11.05 – 11.25 AM Alex Littlejohn, Mississippi State University
11.25 – 11.45 AM Jordan Sloop, University of North Texas
11.45 AM – 12.00 PM Judges deliberate
12.00- 12.15 PM Presentation of awards and adjournment

DIRECTIONS
Click here for a general map showing the Old Chemistry Building, The Oxford square and the UM Field Station.

Click here for directions to the field station. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the University of Mississippi Oxford campus.

ACCOMMODATION
We will not be booking a block of rooms exclusively for the meeting. A list of hotels with price ranges and amenities can be found at http://www.oxfordcvb.com/lodging.html.

Contact Information
Matt Stahman
SWS South Central Chapter President
Natural Resources Program Director
Tel: (713) 934-9900
Cell: (281) 734-7787
mstahman@swca.com

Dr. Marjorie M. Holland
Local Host, 2010 SCC SWS Fall meeting
Tel: 662-915-5874
mholland@olemiss.edu

2009 - Denton, TX

Denton, Texas
Oct 22-24, 2009

Program

FIRST CALL
Constructed and Natural Wetlands in Urban Landscapes

The South Central Chapter (SCC) of SWS will hold their Fall 2009 chapter meeting at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX on October 22-24, 2009. The meeting will be held in the Environmental Education Science and Technology Building, which houses the UNT Institute of Applied Sciences, the Department of Geography, the Sky Theater, and other programs focused on the environment. Additional information on the meeting location can be found at http://www.cep.unt.edu/eesat.html.

The meeting agenda will include a workshop entitled “GIS Applications: Wetland Hydrology” and a field trip to two constructed wetlands south of Dallas (Oct. 22). The scientific agenda will focus principally on constructed and natural wetlands in urban landscapes, and will begin with a plenary session on Friday morning (Oct. 23) and transition to a contributed session in the afternoon. A social is scheduled for Friday night at the Lewisville Aquatic Research Facility (Oct. 23), and the meeting will culminate with student talks on Saturday morning (Oct. 24). The meeting will adjourn by noon on Saturday.

Call for Papers
We are currently soliciting papers on all aspects of wetland science for the afternoon contributed session on October 23 (non-student) and the student paper competition on Saturday, October 24. If you are interested in presenting at this meeting, please submit your title and abstract of 300 words or less to Julia Cherry (julia.cherry@ua.edu) by Friday, September 11, 2009. Please designate whether you are a non-student or student presenter. Receipt of your abstract will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response within one week, please resend your abstract or call Julia Cherry at 205-348-8416.

Student Travel Awards
This year, SCC will support a total of 6 student travel awards for $100 each to help defray minor costs associated with attending the chapter meeting. We do not require that students present a paper to receive these awards, but preference will be given to students presenting their research at the chapter meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini- CV (one page), a short statement of research, industry, or regulatory interest, and budget justification to Julia Cherry (julia.cherry@ua.edu) by Friday, September 11, 2009. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response within one week, please resend your application or call Julia Cherry at 205-348-8416.

Best Student Presentation
The two students judged to have presented the best papers at the Fall Chapter Meeting will receive travel awards to attend the SWS National Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 27 – July 2, 2010. The awards for first and second place are $800 and $400, respectively.

Attending the Meeting
A call for registration will be posted by mid-August of 2009, and will include specific details about the meeting. Registration fees will be $45/person (member) or $135/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members, and $30 for non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year subscription to the journal Wetlands. Fees for the workshop, field trip, and social have not been determined yet, but will be in addition to the registration fees listed above.

Accommodations
We will not be reserving a block of rooms this year, as there are a number of reasonably priced hotels located near the UNT campus. Instead, we have compiled a list of hotels, their price ranges and amenities for your information. Click here to download (Adobe Acrobat Required).

Contact Information
Dr. Julia Cherry
SWS South Central Chapter President
205-348-8416
julia.cherry@ua.edu

Dr. Kevin Stevens
Local Host, 2009 SCC Fall Meeting
940-565-3604
kjstevens@unt.edu

Dr. Michael Smart
Local Host, 2009 SCC Fall Meeting
972- 436-2215 ext 21
msmart@laerf.org

2008 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Combined South Central Chapter & South Atlantic Chapter Fall Meeting
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
October 9-11, 2008

Climate Change, Wetlands, and Water Resources of the Southeast

The South Central Chapter (SCC) and South Atlantic Chapter (SAC) of SWS held their annual Fall 2008 combined chapter meeting at the University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa on October 9-11, 2008. The meeting was held in Shelby Hall, which houses the UA Chemistry Department and several new lecture auditoriums and break rooms.

The meeting agenda (posted above) began with a workshop on Thursday, October 9, entitled “Identification of Common Plants and Trees in Central Alabama”. This workshop was conducted by Dr. John Clark (University of Alabama) and was attended by 9 scientists. A separate field trip on that same day was led by Mr. Randy Mecredy (Alabama Museum of Natural History) and took meeting participants on a guided tour of Perry Lakes.

The scientific agenda began on Friday morning, and focused principally on climate change, water resources, and southeastern wetlands. The program was introduced by Drs. David Francko (Graduate School Dean, University of Alabama) and Julia A. Cherry (University of Alabama). The Keynote agenda included talks by Drs. Doug Phillips (Discovering Alabama), Karen L. McKee (USGS National Wetlands Research Center), Michael Steinberg (University of Alabama), B. Graeme Lockaby (Auburn University), and Susan Walls (USGS Florida Integrated Science Center). Eleven contributed talks followed, and addressed a collective audience of approximately 50 people.

Student talks began on Saturday morning and consisted of 12 presentations. The students with the best paper (oral presentation) from each chapter were provided with a $600 travel award to attend the SWS National Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin on June 22-26, 2009. Jamie A. Duberstein (Clemson University) delivered the best student paper from the South Atlantic Chapter, and Rani Menon (University of Mississippi) delivered the best student paper from the South Central Chapter. Because judging was so close, two additional students were recognized with awards: Sajag Adhikari (University of North Texas) and Paul Tidwell (Arkansas Tech University). We would like to congratulate all students for participating in this meeting, and look forward to their future contributions to wetland science.

The meeting was successful in recruiting 23 new members to SWS. Meeting sponsors included the University of Alabama New College, University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences, Alabama Museum of Natural History, and GEC, Inc. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Julia A. Cherry (Meeting Host), Assistant Professor, New College and Biological Sciences, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Dr. Ken W. Krauss (South Central Chapter President), Research Ecologist, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana; or Kimberli J. Ponzio (South Atlantic Chapter President), Environmental Scientist, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, Florida.

2007 - Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tennessee
October 4-6, 2007

The South Central Chapter held their 2007 Annual Fall Meeting October 4 th through the 6 th in Memphis, Tennessee. The meeting was hosted by Chapter President Gary Pritts at the facilities of EnSafe Inc., an environmental consulting firm. There were 23 attendees which included 7 new members.

The one-day workshop “Overview and Introduction to the use of GPS and GIS” held on October 4 th was lead by Scott Burliegh and Matt Stahman of SWCA. The workshop provided participants with basic knowledge on setting up GPS equipment to collect required field data and how to post-process the data once returning from the field. For the field activity, participants were taken to a site currently being monitored as a wetland mitigation site. This provided everyone the opportunity to collect data on various parameters observed at this type of wetland system. Kevin Bingham (EnSafe) led the section dealing with GIS setup. The introduction to GIS provided information on how the data is used in conducting various analyses and creating final map products.

The technical presentations held in round-table fashion on Friday morning began with Rob Bailey talking on the inter-workings of the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program (TSMP) and similar programs in other states. Other talks presented by Roger Allen from the Army Corp of Engineers Memphis District included new regional supplement guidance to the 87’ Wetland Delineation Manual and new requirements in determining ACOE jurisdiction brought on by the recent Rapanos decision. The afternoon brought the chapter business meeting followed by a short field trip to the William B. Clark Wetland Preserve and Boardwalk. At the business meeting, members were informed of recent issues voted on by the chapter board such as “Mechanisms for Addressing Future Requests for Meeting Sponsorships/Donations and Student Travel Funds”. This year, the South Central Chapter has received several requests for donations or meeting sponsorships. The SCC board voted to provide $1000.00 annually to be used toward this purpose. In addition to the sponsorships of other organizations, the SCC Board wanted to increase student participation at our meeting and voted to provide $100.00 travel fund for up to 6 students wanting to attend the Fall Chapter meeting, but was unable to do so to lack of funding. In the evening, the Friday night social was held at the local Fox and Hound English Pub where participants gathered to chat with old friends, make new ones, shoot pool and play ping pong.

Saturday brought on the student presentations and competition. Five students from our chapter presented their work in competition for a $600.00 travel award to the 2008 International Meeting to be held Washington DC and the honor to represent the South Central Chapter while presenting their work at this meeting. All five student presentations were excellent; however, only one person can be selected for the award and this year the travel award was presented to Samuel Pierce for his presentation of “Nutrient Concentrations in Mesocosms of Leersia oryzoides (Rice Cutgrass) Exposed to Variable Flooding”.

 As the 2007 year comes to a close, the South Central Chapter is now excepting nominations for two board member positions and the president-elect position that is up for election in 2008. If you like to nominate someone or yourself, please contact Andy Nyman at jnyman@lsu.edu.

2006 - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg, Mississippi
October 5-7, 2006

The South Central Chapter held its' Annual Fall Meeting October 5th through the 7th in Vicksburg Mississippi. The meeting was hosted by Sally Yost, Buddy Clarain and others who work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC, Waterways Experiment Station). There were 41 attendees including nine new members.

There was a one-day workshop in which new regionalization efforts to delineation were introduced, an afternoon field trip exploring the geomorphology of wetlands, technical presentations, and a student presentation competition. Technical presentations addressed a range of issues from alligators and nutria (Paul Keddy, Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University), through potential impacts of the SWANCC decision on regulatory wetlands (Beth Guynes, Chief, Regulatory Division, Vicksburg District, COE). Melinda Coogan (University of North Texas) won the student presentation competition with her presentation of "Algal Bioaccumulation of Antimicrobials in a North Texas Wastewater Treatment Plant Receiving Stream." Ms. Coogan was awarded a $600 travel stipend so that she can present her research at the upcoming meeting in Sacramento, California.

One of the presentations was by Dr. Jeneke Visser (Associate Professor, Lousiana State University) regarding her participation 10-13 January 2006 in a delegation of federal, state, and local elected officials, as well as business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental organizations to the Netherlands. They were invited by the Dutch Ambassador Boudewijn Johannes van Eenennaam to observe first-hand the operations and planning of their world-class flood protection system. The South Central Chapter paid for her travel costs to and from The Netherlands, but the Dutch government paid all expenses while the delegation was in The Netherlands. A summary of that trip and the itinerary were provided at last years' mid-year Board Meeting. Dr. Visser noted that the Dutch illustrate that an economy can be built on land below sea-level. But they realize that as land subsides and water levels rise, the struggle to protect investments will get increasingly difficult. She also noted that Dutch scientists are advocating a new strategy that is less about fighting the water and more about finding ways to live with the water. New efforts include the allocation of more space to riverbed and restoring the wetlands that absorb excess water during floods. Coastal protection planning includes creation of marshes, can maintain their elevation relative to sea-level, in front of levees to protect the levee footing and reduce levee maintenance costs - visit www.comcoast.org for more information.

At the business meeting, members voted to split the duties of the Secretary/Treasurer. Elections for those new offices, and all other offices, will be solicited in the spring.

In addition to brining in nine new members (6 regular, 3 student), the meeting brought in approximately $1,900 more than it cost. The low cost of the meeting largely resulted from holding the meeting at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC, Waterways Experiment Station). Sally Yost and Buddy Clarain are the members who work there and also worked long and hard to host our meeting there.

2005 - San Marcos, TX

San Marcos, Texas
Texas State University
October 5-8, 2005

Springs and Things: Importance of Groundwater, Riparian Areas and Wetlands in a Changing Watershed

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Thursday, October 6
8:00 – 5:00. Wetland and Riparian Plant ID. Meet at the Lobby of the Holiday Inn Express. (see map)

6:30 – 10:00. Social, Dinner and porch sitting at Scott Jecker’s house. 715 Stagecoach, (512) 470-7195. Maps will be provided. Make plans to carpool with fellow participants.

Friday, October 7
7:30 – 8:20. Registration, check-in, coffee and continental breakfast

8:20. Welcome to San Marcos and Housekeeping – Jeff Raasch, President of the South Central Chapter.

Plenary: Water Issues in Texas
8:30. TEXAS WATER AND WILDLIFE - Cindy Loeffler, Water Resources Branch Chief,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

9:00. AQUIFERS IN TEXAS—WET SANDS AND WETLANDS - Robert Mace, Director of the
Groundwater Division, Texas Water Development Board

9:30. A HYDROLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF SELECTED EDWARDS PLATEAU SPRINGS. Chad Norris, Aquatic Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

10:00. THE THREE PHASES OF LAND USE CHANGE: IMPLICATIONS FOR WETLANDS AND BIODIVERSITY – Michael Huston, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Texas State University.

10:30 – 10:50. Break

Technical Sessions
10:50. RESTORATION OF THE LOWER SAN MARCOS RIVER: REMOVAL OF THE EXOTIC PLANT CRYPTOCORYNE BECKETTII AND RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIVES - Robert D. Doyle & Melissa Mullins, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX, Paula Power & Valentin Cantu, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish Hatchery, San Marcos, TX

11:10. STREAM RESTORATION DESIGN – THE RATIONAL APPROACH – Lee W. Forbes, Senior Engineer, C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates.

11:30. VEGETATED BUFFERS - INCORPORATION OF STREAM BUFFERS INTO THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS - Mike Lyday, City of Austin.

11:50 – 1:30. Lunch on your own.

Technical Sessions
1:40. STREAMLINED WETLAND DELINEATION METHODOLOGY AND VEGETATION COMMUNITY MAPPING OF THE PINEYWOODS MITIGATION AND CONSERVATION AREA IN THE NECHES RIVER CORRIDOR - James A. Thomas, Environmental Scientist, HDR Inc., Jack Bauer, Land Conservation Program Director and Duane German, Ecologist / Remote Sensing Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

2:00. GOOSE ISLAND SHORELINE STABILIZATION AND RESTORATION OF ADJACENT AQUATIC HABITATS IN ARANSAS BAY, TEXAS - Kay Jenkins, Natural Resources Coordinator, State Parks Region 2, Rockport, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

2:20. FRESHWATER, NON-TIDAL WETLAND LOSS IN THE LOWER GALVESTON BAY WATERSHED: A RAPID ASSESSMENT METHOD USING GIS AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Dr. John S. Jacob, Ricardo Lopez; Marissa Sipocz, Texas Coastal Watershed Program.

2:40 LAKE WACO WETLAND: HABITAT, RESEARCH AND WATER QUALITY. Robert D. Doyle, Sharon Conry, and J. Thad Scott – Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX and Tom Conry – City of Waco.

3:00 – 3:20 Break

3:20 WETLAND MITIGATION: REGULATORY CHALLENGES FACED BY A COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT – Denise Bonner & Michele Wilkins - Harris County Flood Control District, Matthew Stahman, PWS - SWCA, Inc.

3:40. CURRENT PROBLEMS AND TRENDS WITH DELINEATION OF THE OHWM AND FRINGE WETLANDS IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - Michele Wilkins - Harris County Flood Control District

4:00. ESTIMATING FRESHWATER INFLOW NEEDS FOR TEXAS BAYS: A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE METHODOLOGY USED BY TEXAS AND ITS RESULTS FOR SABINE LAKE – Nathan Kuhn, Coastal Ecologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

4:20. GULF COAST JOINT VENTURE OVERVIEW: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE – Jeff Raasch, State Wetland Program Leader and GCJV Management Board Member, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Barry Wilson, GCJV Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

5:15 – 6:00. Tubing 101 on the San Marcos River. This will be a short trip just to get a taste of the laid back nature of a river float. Take out will be at the River Pub, but everyone has to float the Chute. Bring a towel and a change of clothes if you want. We will shuttle everyone one back to their vehicle. A small fee may be needed for the tube.

5:30 – 9:00. Social and Dinner on the Deck of the River Pub. You will be able to watch the tubers float by. Food is included in the registration fee, but you will be responsible for your own adult beverages.


Saturday, October 8
Student Paper Competition – The winning paper will receive a roundtrip plane ticket to attend and present at the upcoming International meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists in Cairns, Australia.

8:20. CHANGES IN VEGETATION COMPOSITION IN CONSTRUCTED WET PONDS IN CENTRAL TEXAS. Margaret M. Russell, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

8:40. NITROGEN USE EFFICIENCY OF CYPERUS HASPAN, A C3 SEDGE, AND CYPERUS STRIGOSUS, A C4 SEDGE, IN GREENHOUSE EXPERIMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FIELD STATION. Alison A. Faulkner and Marjorie M. Holland - University of Mississippi Department of Biology, Oxford, MS and M.T. Moore and C.M. Cooper - USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory, Oxford, MS.

9:00. NITROGEN FIXATION AND NATURAL ABUNDANCE OF NITROGEN ISOTOPES IN WETLAND PERIPHYTON COMMUNITIES. J. Thad Scott and Robert D. Doyle - Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

9:20. IMPACTS OF MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES AT RICHLAND CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, TEXAS. Daniel P. Collins and Warren C. Conway - Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX and Corey D. Mason and Jeffrey W. Gunnels – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

9:40 – 10:00. Break

10:00. NUTRIENT THROUGH FLOW, DEPOSITION AND ASSIMILATION IN AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE DITCHES: WHEN AND HOW DO NUTRIENTS MOVE? Kröger, R and Marjorie M. Holland - University of Mississippi Department of Biology, Oxford, MS and M.T. Moore and C.M. Cooper - USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory, Oxford, MS

10:20. PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE OF LABORATORY-SCALE CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS TREATING TANNERY EFFLUENTS. Gabriela Dotro and Paul Palazolo – Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN and Daniel Larsen - of Earth Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

10:40. DESIGN OF AQUACULTURE EFFLUENT TREATMENT WETLANDS SUBJECT TO INTERMITTENT LOADING. Brian E. Dyson and V. Uddameri, Department of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

11:00 – 11:15. Break.

11:15 – 1:00. Chapter Business meeting and announcement of Student Paper Award. Light lunch will be provided.

2005 - Pensacola Beach, FL

Pensacola Beach, Florida
March 30 - April 2, 2005

Communication and Collaboration: Coastal Systems of the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States

Host Organizations

  • SWS-SC – South Central Chapter of Society of Wetland Scientists
  • SWS-SA – South Atlantic Chapter of SWS
  • GERS - Gulf Estuarine Research Society (Gulf Chapter of ERF)
  • USEPA - Gulf Ecology Division, Pensacola Beach, FL

THEME: Communication and Collaboration: Coastal Systems of the
Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States

This first ever, multi-organizational meeting provided a unique opportunity for coastal scientists and environmental resource managers to acquire current information regarding the response of coastal ecosystems to anthropogenic pressures. The objective was to provide a forum that encouraged a mutual exchange of recent scientific findings, ideas and concepts and development of new (or enhancement of existing) professional relationships within our unique eco region. This event provided many wetland and estuary scientists with the opportunity to develop technical exchange and collaborations among the research, regulatory, and conservation programs representing the Southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Graduate student members of each represented society competed for student travel awards for attendance at future international meetings.

2003 - University of Oklahoma, Lake Texoma

The University of Oklahoma
School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
University of Oklahoma Biological Station
Lake Texoma, Oklahoma
October 15-18


For the first time, Oklahoma hosted the SWS South Central Chapter Annual Meeting. In addition to workshops, invited speakers, field trips and the student presentation competition, the unique and beautiful lakeshore location provided an excellent environment for technical information sharing, networking and social activities.

The meeting was held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS), located on the shores of Lake Texoma, an impoundment of the Red and Washita Rivers along the Oklahoma-Texas border. UOBS facilities include apartments, dorms, kitchen/dining area, classrooms, library, computer labs, maintenance shop, boat houses, lab and office space, a research park and recreational facilities (including pavilion, basketball court, horseshoe pit and volleyball nets) all situated on 30 acres of shoreline. An adjoining 282 acres of lowlands are leased from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. To find out more about UOBS facilities, please visit http://www.ou.edu/uobs/.

2002 - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

Acknowledgements
The South Central Chapter would like to thank the following people and organizations for contributing in various capacities and helping make our Fall 2002 at Louisiana State University a huge success:


HOSTS

MEETING SPONSORS

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (gracious provider of nutria sausage!)
  • Scott Jecker, The Whitenton Group, San Marcos, TX (snacks and provider of essential beverages)
  • Dr. Paul Dubowy - provided cost assistance for student activities

2002 Workshops

  1. Teach the Teachers Workshop
    Instructor: Chrissy Albanase, National Coordinator for WOW! — The Wonders of Wetlands
    Facilitator: Kay Baggett, a local WOW! member
    -- Special thanks to Dr. Paul Dubowy, USACE, for coordinating the Teach the Teachers workshop.
  2. Ecology, Silviculture, and Management of Bottomland Hardwoods
    Instructor: Dr. Brian Lockhart, LSU, School of Renewable Natural Resources

2001 - Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

Acknowledgements
The South Central Chapter would like to thank the following people and organizations for contributing in various capacities and helping make our Fall 2001 meeting at Delta State University a huge success.

  • Delta State University
  • Sponsors
  • Guest Speakers and Workshop Instructors
  • Volunteers
  • Student Award Winners!

    Delta State University
  • Dr. David L. Potter, President and his wife
  • Pam Matthews - Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Grady E. Williams – Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Samual Faulkner – host
  • Dr. Robert Stewart - co-host

Sponsors

  • Malcolm McEwen, Director, Center for Science and Environmental Education
  • Trey Cook, Executive Director, Delta Wildlife Foundation
  • Bolivar County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Mike Oliver, Ducks Unlimited
  • Scott Jecker, SWCA Environmental Consultants
  • Paul DuBowy
  • Matt Stahman, PBS&J
  • Greg and Kay Crouch, Crouch Environmental

Guest Speakers and Workshop Instructors

  • Dr. Paul Dubowy, USACOE - speaker
  • Antisa Webb, USACOE – speaker
  • Dr. Samual Faulkner - speaker
  • Dr. Robert Stewart, Delta State University – workshop instructor
  • Mr. Steve Hartley, USGS – GIS/Arc View workshop instructor

Volunteers

  • Alice Harper
  • Katherine Barbour
  • Amanda Haley
  • Alison Faulkner

Congratulations! Student Award Presentation Winners

Winner – South Central Chapter's 2001 Fall Meeting Student Presentation Award

  • Laurie Leach, University of Memphis

Runners-up

  • Shuwen Li, University of Memphis
  • Tanya Darden, University of Southern Mississippi

2000 - Litttle Rock, AR

Little Rock, AR

The Fall 2000 meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists was held in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 3-7 at the Doubletree Hotel. The hotel was within easy walking distance of the River Market District, which is a newly revitalized area in downtown Little Rock that supports a farmer market, galleries, shops, museums, and a food court by day, and several bars (including live music) and restaurants by night.

The theme for the workshops, field trip and meeting was focused around the Geomorphology of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and its affect on restoration and mitigation. Workshops were held on October 4 and 5. One workshop was entitled Testing and Using the Arkansas Mississippi Alluvial Valley Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Regional Guidebook taught by Dr. Charles Klimas and assisted by Jeff Raasch. Other workshop, taught by Presley Hatcher of the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch-Ft. Worth, focused on wetland regulations and the new ACE regulations.

The main meeting was on October 6 and 7, and included a plenary session, a business meeting, fieldtrip, and student presentations.

1999 - USGS-National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA

Fall 1999 National Wetlands Research Center
Lafayette, Louisiana
November 3-6

The Annual South Central Chapter Meeting and the workshops at the USGS-National Wetland Research Center in Lafayette covered 3-1/2 days of wetland science, Cajun cuisine and fun, and were well received by the attending members. The meeting included not only two workshops, both students and professional poster presentations, and 12 students presenting talks on their research, but also a field trip, two socials and several Cajun dancing events.

WORKSHOPS
The two workshops conducted were;

  1. "Coastal Wetland Loss: Causes, Consequences and Efforts to Reverse Trends", with instructors Shea Penland-University of New Orleans; Don Cahoon-USGS-National Wetlands Research Center; and Greg Steyer and Ken Bahlinger-LA DNR Coastal Restoration Division; Restoration at Boston CanalLouisiana DNR Officials discuss terracing techniques.
  2. "Introductory Plant identification of bottomland hardwood swamps and coastal marshes", with Garrie Landry as the instructor. Workshops were offered on November 3 and 4. Both workshops had classroom and field components. A total of 39 members were registered for the two workshops. The workshops were planned by the workshop committee composed of President-Elect Mark Ford and Russell Walters(co-Chairs), Rebecca Howard, Ron Boustany, Jennifer Ware, and Susan Horton. We would like to thank the committee, the instructors, and all involved for the great job of putting these excellent workshops together. We also would like to thank the USGS-National wetlands Research Center for their hospitality and the permission to use their facilities.

FIELD TRIP
Friday morning, representatives from The Nature Conservancy led a field trip to nearby Lake Martin to discuss restoration and protection efforts in the bottom land and swamp habitats at the lake. This area is not only an important rookery for a wide variety of waterfowl, but also an area rich with many species of wetland and aquatic wildlife.

Friday afternoon began by welcoming remarks by Dr. Bob Stewart, Director of USGS-National Wetlands Research Center followed by three invited speakers. Mr. Martin Mayer of US Army Corps of Engineers spoke on the topic of "Wetland mitigation banking for the New Orleans district Corps of engineers Regulatory Program", Dr. Michael Porreier of the University of New Orleans presented the topic "Effects of restoration efforts, Mississippi River discharges and hurricanes on submersed aquatic vegetation in Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana", and Sandra Thompson of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources presented "Master Plan for the Atchafalaya Basin". Theses professional presentations were followed by student presentations which continued through Saturday morning.

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Twelve students presented talks, eleven of which competed for the chapter's Best Student Presentation Award.

Rachael Hunter of Louisiana State University received the award for Best Student Presentation with her talk entitled ‘Comparison of Soil Organic Matter Concentrations and Microbial Activity of Restored and Natural Bottomland Hardwood Wetlands.' Rachael will receive partial funding support from the Chapter to present at the Quebec City national meeting in August 2000.

Two other graduate students;

Joy Hunter from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and
Karen Weins from the Tennessee Technological University,

will receive certificates in recognition of their achievement as the 2nd and 3rd place papers, respectively. We would like to thank all student presenters for their participation and excellent, enthusiastic presentations. Several posters were also presented, both by students and professionals, on a range of wetland topics from mitigation banking to wetland restoration.

BUSINESS MEETING
The Business meeting followed Friday's talks and included remarks by Reza Pezeshki, Chapter President, Mark Ford, Chapter President-Elect, and Rebecca Howard, Secretary-Treasurer. Issues raised were the need for member participation, the 2003 national meeting in New Orleans. Lisa Gandy informed the members that the South Central Chapter will be hosting the SWS National annual meeting in New Orleans in 2003. She pointed out that the success of this meeting is important to the Chapter financially and to the continued vitality of the Chapter. Lisa stressed the need for volunteers and how much work will be involved. An important pressing task is the need to select the meeting site within the next 3 months.

Members in attendance agreed to vote on the location for the next chapter meeting site to take place in October or November 2000. The candidate locations mentioned were Delta State University campus in Cleveland, Mississippi or Little Rock, Arkansas. The volunteer groups from each area have presented their proposals to the Program Committee. An E-mail vote was planned to select the meeting location based on these proposals, however discussions after the business meeting resulted in the Little Rock group planning on hosting the year 2000 meeting and the Delta State University group planning on hosting the year 2001 meeting in Cleveland, MS.

Marge Holland provided an overview of the conference to be held May 23-25 in Oxford, Mississippi: ‘Sustainability of Wetlands and Water Resources: How Well Can Riverine Wetlands Continue to Support Society into the 21st Century?.' She described the goals of the conference, plenary speakers, tentative schedule and field trips; early registration fees expire February 15, 2000.

The Business Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm., followed by a social full of fried catfish, jambalaya, cold beer and wine. Cajun dancing followed shortly after the close of the social at a nearby Cajun dance hall.

We are constantly seeking to improve on the quality of our meetings, from both the scientific content and the social activities. These events are a great way for students to get experience presenting research and a wonderful opportunity for chapter members to get together, have some fun and do some networking in addition to the talks and the workshops which aid us professionally. If you have missed out on recent meetings, we hope to see you soon. If you would like to get more involved, please contact one of the Officers or Board Members.

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