On March 5, 2018 the Colorado River Alliance held their Barstow Speaker Series program in which Dean Hendrickson was asked to speak on the topic "Of Eels & Oysters: The Amazing Ecosystems of the Colorado River and Matagorda Bay". Dean's talk oultined the scope of the Fishes of Texas
Last week a City of Port Lavaca employee contacted us after finding information about our eel project online. He had found a bunch of eels in an effluent box in the discharge channel of the city's Wastewater Treatment plant. Our project collaborator Stephen Curtis, from TPWD's
We recently attended the Barton Springs University event at Zilker Park, hosted by the Save Our Springs alliance. Dean Hendrickson presented a talk about Eels - "The Whole Truth About the Weirdest Fish in Town". We also hosted a table with information on the fish diversity found within Barton Creek (flyer with fishes from the creek below) and how anyone can contribute to providing
This past weekend, members of our team attended the 119th Annual Texas Academy of Science Meeting in Junction, where our own Dr. Gary Garrett was selected for the Distinguished Texas Scientist Award. Recipients are chosen by the Academy’s Board of Directors for work that demonstrates “distinguished contributions to science through research and publication that has garnered recognition at the national and international level.” Gary began his career at the University of Texas
This workshop, fourth in an iDigBio-hosted series on biodiversity informatics, aimed to equip natural history collections personnel with the proper tools to make their data 'research ready'. It was held at Arizona State University, Sept. 15-17 and covered such topics as: Data Management Planning, Digitization Workflows, Intro to Data Mapping, Images and Media Issues, and Data Cleaning. A detailed agenda can be viewed at their
The second year of funding for our primary Fishes of Texas effort (a project called "Conserving Texas Biodiversity: Status, Trends, and Conservation Planning for Fishes of Greatest Conservation Need") just came through, assuring that we'll be able to continue our work on that database and conservation applications of it.
For the next year Hendrickson, Dr. Mary Poteet in Jackson School of Geosciences, and Adam Cohen, Fish Collection Manager, ans several students to be hired soon, will be working to establish a UT-wide working group on Waller Creek, focused on its biodiversity and sustainability.
The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership just funded us to work with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and aquatic conservation "stakeholders" throughout the US Great Plains for a project called "Watershed-Based Conservation Planning to Inform Selection and Implementation of a Network of Native Fish Conservation Areas in the Great Plains"