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NANFA Conservation Research Grant Awarded For 2012

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:17 PM

NANFA has an annual Conservation Research Grant. The 2012 awardee is Kenneth Oswald of Northern Kentucky University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His proposal is entitled, “Evolutionary Conservation Genetics and Estimation of Water Quality Parameters for Tonguetied Minnow (Exoglossum laurae)." This research aims to combine intraspecific evolutionary genetics and water quality data to assist in formulating a comprehensive conservation management plan for the rare and endangered tonguetied minnow. The tonguetied minnow has been a poorly, infrequently studied species, and as a result, little is known concerning its biology. The species has a wide disjunct range including the Great Miami River and Little Miami River in Ohio, the New River in Virginia and West Virginia, the Allegheny River in New York and Pennsylvania, and the Genesee River in New York. However, survey data that he has been able to obtain from multiple state conservation and management resource agencies indicates that the tonguetied minnow is on the decline throughout its range. Using a molecular genetics approach, he intends to identify unique evolutionary lineages within this species, and based upon data summarized from US EPA water quality databases, characterize the various aqueous stressors that threaten survival of individual populations. He may speak on this topic at this year’s NANFA convention this September in Ohio, so stay tuned for more information. This year’s CRG review committee was myself, Todd Crail, and Dustin Smith.

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