Ohio State University
Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology
Museum of Biological Diversity


2-5 October 2017



As freshwater mussels become more and more important to regulatory agencies, biologists, conservationists, and consultants, the level of expertise required to work with these animals has dramatically increased. Several states now require a proficiency test to apply for a permit and more are expected to require this as well.

Of primary importance is the ability to correctly identify species. Is it a common, widespread species? Or a federally endangered look alike?

This 4 day workshop will address these issues. Attendees will recieve hands on training in identification by Dr. Watters, lectures on survey methods and protocols, and two field trips.

The Ohio State University Division of Molluscs is the largest collection of freshwater molluscs in the world. Located off campus, the Museum offers on site parking and is easily accessible to numerous hotels and restaurants.

Dr. Watters has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is co-author of the book, The Freshwater Mussels of Ohio, as well as a founding member and a past president of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, and co-editor of the Society's journal, Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation.


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