Freshwater Conservation Ecology at Clemson University


Thanks for visiting this website! Our research group is based in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University and led by Dr. Cathy Bodinof Jachowski.

We conduct research aimed at understanding the distribution of freshwater species and how freshwater organisms interact with their environment. We use this information to develop a mechanistic understanding of how populations respond to various types of environmental change. Many of the species we focus on are used as indicators of ecosystem health.  

Our overarching goal is to help answer pressing ecological questions while providing conservation practitioners with information that can be applied to manage species and their habitats. 

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News & Media

1 July 2018

Welcome Anje!  We are excited to welcome new PhD student Anje Kidd-Weaver to the Freshwater Conservation Ecology Lab.  Anje will studying American alligator movement and behavior in  human dominated landscapes of coastal South Carolina.  

27 June 2018

Welcome Ben!  Ben Schmidt is the newest addition to the Freshwater Conservation Ecology Lab at Clemson!  Ben will be using environmental DNA to investigate the distribution and habitat requirements of the Carolina heelsplitter mussel and it's fish hosts in South Carolina.  

25 May 2018

Check out recent coverage of our new project to investigate alligator movement and behavior in residential communities along the South Carolina coast:  http://www.wjcl.com/article/researchers-in-south-carolina-working-on-a-first-of-its-kind-alligator-study/20913616

Click HERE if you would like to report a sighting of an alligator with a color tag in SC. 

2 March 2018

Read about our new project to conserve and help guide restoration of habitat for the Carolina heelsplitter in this brief press release

21 February 2018

We have a new publication out in the journal Biological Conservation. Check it out here:

Loss of catchment-wide riparian forest cover is associated with reduced recruitment in a long-lived amphibian. 

24 January 2018

The Freshwater Conservation Ecology Lab welcomes new PhD student Matt Green!  Matt will be using aquatic insects to investigate the effects of landscape alteration on habitat of an endangered freshwater mussel!  

19 December 2017

We're starting a mussel project!!  Thank you to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Southeast Aquatics Program for funding our proposal to develop monitoring tools and work towards habitat conservation and recovery of the  federally endangered Carolina heelsplitter!

15 May 2017

Lauren Diaz accepts MS position to study larval ecology of hellbenders. Welcome Lauren! 

10 May 2016

New research article by Dr. Cathy Jachowski and colleagues published in Diversity & Distributions

26 April 2016

Dr. Cathy Jachowski featured in hellbender conservation article in BioGraphic magazine 

7 Oct 2015

New video from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries highlights research to understand hellbender reproductive ecology

26 Sep 2014

Video featuring research to understand how environmental alterations influence hellbenders

Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Clemson University

Clemson SC 29634