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:
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!