CU to Host Symposium on Upper Green River Aquatic Fauna April 17

By Hillary C. Wright, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Campbellsville University will host the 4th Annual Upper Green River Aquatic Fauna Symposium on Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Student Union Building.

The Student Union Building is located on the main campus and is the fourth building on the left at the main entrance.

The program will feature a series to talks given by several speakers. Mike Floyd, from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Field Office, will present a report on the macro invertebrates of Dry Fork Gorge in Metcalfe County, with an update on Clay Hill Memorial Forest inventory.

Kerstin Edberg, Phil Lienisch and Jeffrey Marcus from Western Kentucky University will present a discussion of genetic isolation as a result of dam construction: a look at the effects on two species of darters.

Alan Reed, a CU adjunct instructor, and Dr. Richard Kessler, associate professor of biology and environmental studies from Campbellsville University, will present an overview of Green River aquatic faunal studies at CU.

Jim Layzer and Kendall Moles from Tennessee Tech University will present a discussion of ongoing mussel and fish studies in the upper Green River.

Monte McGregor from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will present a discussion of conservation management of mussels in the Green and Barren rivers at the Center for Mollusk Conservation.

Rob Hopkins from Southern Illinois University will present a discussion of distributional modeling of rare fishes and mussels in the upper Green River.

Chris Konrad and Andy Warner from the Global Freshwater Team of The Nature Conservancy will present a discussion on evaluating environmental flow prescriptions in the Sustainable Rivers Project.

The symposium ends with closing remarks and wrap up at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Kessler at (270) 789-5326 or at

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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