The Flathead Wild - A Riverscape Undergoing Tremendous Change
Dr. Clint Muhlfeld: Dr. Muhlfeld is a Research Aquatic Ecologist for the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, stationed in Glacier National Park. Clint’s research has focused on various aspects of aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, and conservation of native aquatic biota in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Dr. F. Richard Hauer: Dr. Hauer is Professor of Limnology at Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, and holds the UM Endowed Chair in Limnology. Dr. Hauer’s research focuses on stream and river ecology, including the subdisciplines of hydrogeomorphology, nutrient dynamics, benthic ecology, and floodplain ecology. His research has taken him from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but since 1976 his work has primarily focused on the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Summary: Invasive species, habitat destruction, and climate change pose serious threats to aquatic ecosystems worldwide. The Transboundary Flathead Basin in Montana (USA) and British Columbia (Canada) is one of the most diverse and unique aquatic ecosystems in North America, which unfortunately, has not been immune to these ecological pressures. Drs. F. Richard Hauer and Clint Muhlfeld will discuss the ongoing threats facing aquatic resources in the Transboundary Flathead watershed, how their aquatics research aims to inform conservation and management programs, and why there is hope that the ecological integrity of this shared system will be preserved for future generations.