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INHS Seminar - Modeling and Predicting Freshwater Mussel Distributions in the Midwestern United States

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Illinois Natural History Survey Seminar Committee
Virtual
Date
Oct 6, 2020   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Tyler Schartel, Conservation Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey
Contact
Cathy Bialeschki
E-Mail
cathyb@illinois.edu
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Meeting ID: 996 9575 7809 | Password: INHS1858

Freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled groups of animals worldwide. However, mussel conservation efforts are hindered by limited understanding of their ecology, distributions, and habitat requirements. Here we developed models for 85 mussel species, estimated species richness, identified important predictors influencing their occurrences, and characterize spatial patterns in mussel biodiversity across 11 Midwestern states. Our findings increase understanding of mussel ecology and distributions, as well as environmental drivers of their occurrences in the study region. Together, our results will inform the development of regional initiatives for conserving freshwater mussel biodiversity in the Midwestern US.

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