IAB Life Sciences Hour Seminar Series
|Name:||Sammy L. King|
|Leader, USGS Louisana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Louisana State University.|
|Title:||Forest and Wetland Change in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley|
|Date:||Friday, 28 August 2015|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
The lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley extends from Cairo, Illinois through parts of seven states to the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, there were around 10 million hectares of floodplain forest and wetlands in the region but only about 2.8 million hectares remain.
The region is internationally recognized for its importance to migratory birds and hundreds of thousands of hectares have been reforested in the past few decades.
However, local and broad-scale geomorphic and hydrologic modifications are affecting forest composition and wetland availability in the region. Furthermore, continuing pressure on groundwater and surface water resources suggest that these changes may accelerate in the future. Thus, the model of land acquisition and local management may be insufficient to sustain forested wetland conditions in the region.
An improved process-level understanding of linkages among hydrology, geomorphology, and forest stand/wetland plant development are needed to predict future outcomes and to develop new approaches to forest and wetland management in the region.
About the Speaker:
Sammy King is a Louisiana native that grew up fishing in the rivers and bayous of southern Louisiana. He received his B.S. in biology from Nicholls State University, Lousiana, his M.S. in zoology and wildlife from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and his Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University. After a short post-doc with the U.S. Forest Service, he spent 5 years working at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and 3 years at the University of Tennessee. He became the Leader of the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at LSU in 2003. King and his students have worked on a wide range of wetland and waterbird issues, including extensive studies of the King Rail and other secretive marshbirds, reintroduction of Whooping Cranes into Louisiana, and forested wetland issues in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. He has had the privilege of working internationally in China and Russia on crane and wetland issues.
Browse Life Sciences Hour Seminars
Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact one of the seminar coordinators or the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.The fall 2015 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Todd Brinkman and Greg Breed. The staff coordinator is Marie Thoms. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years.
- 8/28/15 (Sammy L. King)
- 9/4/15 (Jennifer Moss Burns)
- 9/11/15 (Mimi Koehl)
- 9/25/15 (Richard Boone)
- 10/2/15 (Robert "Trey" Coker)
- 10/16/15 (Jack Chen)
- 10/23/15 (Knut Kielland)
- 10/30/15 (Danny Caudill)
- 11/6/15 (Bill Streever)