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Dissolved Oxygen Requirements for Freshwater Mussels Phase 1: Development of Test Systems and Experimental Protocols.

Duration

March 2008 - February 2010

Narrative

The objectives of this pilot study (Phase I) are to:
1) Construct a gas-stripping system based on the Barnhart (1995) design to control DO levels.
2) Design a system to expose adult and juvenile mussels to DO treatments under semi-natural conditions.
3) Identify dependent variables (biomarkers) that are indicative of stress under low DO levels.
4) Determine the feasibility of maintaining low DO levels (1 - 3 mg/L) for extended exposures (weeks).
5) Develop a standard protocol to maintain and monitor DO treatments.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

  • Richard NevesPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Cooperative Research Unit Program
  • USFWS Region 4

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