Come to our Visitor Centre on Thursday, October 29th for an interesting day of presentations by scientists who have been conducting research at the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Distinguished scientists and researchers will be discussing a range of scientific topics including anthropology, archeology, aquatic ecology, biology and geology. The day will begin at 8:00 a.m., ET with registration for this FREE event, and coffee. After the keynote address, the panel presentations will continue, with time for breaks and lunch, until 4:30 p.m. The more informal poster presentations will take place from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The press release from Big South Fork states: “The overall goal of the public meeting is to facilitate an increased understanding of the ecosystems of the parks, enhance communication and collaboration among researchers and the public, and encourage future scientific investigations.”

 

The AGENDA for this public meeting is below:

 

 

Cumberland Plateau Scientific Research Public Meeting
Visitor Center in Historic Rugby, Tennessee
October 29, 2014

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration
 
8:30 – 9:15 am Opening Session (Henrietta DeGroot, conference facilitator) Welcome Remarks

Dr. Niki Stephanie Nicholas, Superintendent, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area & Obed Wild and Scenic River

 

Key Note Address 

21st Century Protected Areas: The Interface of Social Science, Natural Systems & Community Engagement.

Dr. Ryan L. Sharp, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

9:15 – 10:15 amSession 1: Archaeology Research on the Cumberland Plateau (Jessie Moore, moderator)Archaeological Investigations at Big South Fork and Obed Wild & Scenic River

Dr. Kandace D. Hollenbach, Interim Director, Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

 

Archaeological Research on the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

Dr. Jay Franklin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, East Tennessee State University

10:15 – 10:30 amBreak10:30– 12:00 pmSession 2: Plant Ecology & Cobblebar Ecosystems (Marie Tackett, moderator) Long-term Monitoring of Cobble Bar Prairie Communities at Big South ForkNational River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River Nora Murdock, Ecologist, Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network, National Park Service A Floristic Inventory of the Scour Zones of the Big South Fork River in Kentucky and TennesseeChris Mausert-Mooney, Austin Peay State University & Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth

 

Vascular Flora and Vegetation of the Riverscour Communities in Daddy’s Creek Gorge, Cumberland County, Tennessee.

Devin Rodgers, Austin Peay State University, Department of Biology and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, Clarksville, TN, and Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth  12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch on your own (Harrow Road Café)  1:00 – 2:30 pmSession 3: Hydrology & Geology (Chad Harrold, moderator)Geologic Setting of the NPS Obed and Big South Fork Areas

Dr. Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., Distinguished Scientist and Professor, Tectonics and Structural Geology, University of Tennessee

 

Modelling Ecological Flow Regime: An Example from the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins

Overview of hydrology of the Obed Wild & Scenic River

Dr. William J. Wolfe, Supervisory Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey Lower Mississippi and Gulf Water Science Center

 

Ecological flow analyses of Cumberland Plateau streams

Rodney R. Knight, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey Lower Mississippi and Gulf Water Science Center

2:30 – 2:45 pmBreak  2:45 – 4:15 amSession 4: Aquatic Ecology (Rebecca Schapansky, moderator) Duskytail darter in Big South Fork National Park from Blue Heron to Hwy 92 Bridge (Yamacraw)Tim Higgs, Chief of Environmental Section Project Planning Branch, and Charles “Chip” Hall, Biologist, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

Aquatic Insect Survey of the Obed Wild & Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Dr. Chuck Parker, Research Aquatic Biologist, Leetown Science Center, US Geological Survey

 

Long-Term Monitoring of Freshwater Mussel Populations at Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR

Robert Emmott, Program Manager, Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network, National Park Service

4:15 – 4:30 pmClosing RemarksTom Blount, Chief of Resources, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area & Obed Wild and Scenic River 4:30 – 6:00 pmReception & Poster Presentation Influence of Prescribed Fire on Bat Activity in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area; Leanne Burns, M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Candidate. School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences; South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University

 

Energy Resource Extraction and Impact on Water Quality; Michael Bradley, Assistant District Chief, Groundwater Investigations Section, US Geological Survey, Nashville Office

 

Appalachian Highlands Network Assists Inventory, Monitoring, and Research in Cumberland Plateau Parks; Paul E. Super, Science Coordinator, Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, National Park Service

 

Detailed Geologic Mapping in the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Surrounding Area: Lancing, Hebbertsburg, and Fox Creek; Vade Scruggs, Graduate Fellow, University of Tennessee

 

National Park Service Data collection, Integration, and Management; Chad Harrold, GIS Specialist/Geologist, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River, National Park Service

 

Appyling for National Park Service Research and Collection Permits; Etta Spradlin, Research Permit and Reporting System Coordinator, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River, National Park Service

 

Developing an amphibian index of biotic integrity and validating a rapid assessment method for Kentucky’s Wetlands; Kari Dupler, Michelle L. Guidugli, John MacGregor, Stephen C. Richter, and David Brown, Department of Biological Sciences Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

 

Developing a vegetation-based index of biotic integrity for wetlands of Kentucky; Noelle Smith, Tanner Morris, David Brown, Michelle Guidugli, Stephen Richter, Department of Biological Sciences Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

 

Visitor perceptions of black bears:  What attitudes predict support for different management actions; Ryan L. Sharp, Robert M. Lakes, Michael J. Bradley and Stella Liu, Department of Biological Sciences Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY