Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology

SAEREC hosts a variety of research projects focused on biodiversity and conservation ecology. 

Aquatic Conservation Research

Dr. Mike Gangloff with the Aquatic Conservation Research Lab at Appalachian State University is a SAEREC member conducting research on the effects of low head dams on freshwater mussel and fish assemblages in eastern North Carolina. Dr. Gangloff and his students have been working in collaboration with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commissionfor the past three years to sample 27 low head dams within the Tar-Palmico, Roanoke, and Neuse River Basins to assess the impacts of varying dam condition (relic, breached, and intact) on threatened aquatic fauna.