Dive into the fascinating world of freshwater mussels
Monday, April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
During his presentation Dr. Morris will provide an overview of the fascinating yet often overlooked group of freshwater mussels. Through the use of underwater video footage we will explore the world of one of North America’s most endangered groups and learn about what makes them work, what role they play in aquatic ecosystems and why they are rapidly disappearing across the continent. Special emphasis will be placed on the complex reproductive strategies which have evolved in this group to facilitate their requisite parasitic life history.
Dr. Todd J. Morris is a Research Scientist with the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He is currently stationed in Burlington, Ontario at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters. He has been studying the unionid fauna of central Canada for over 25 years. He is currently a member of the Biodiversity Science section of DFO and is responsible for leadings DFO’s research program on freshwater mussel Species at Risk. Dr. Morris is a founding member and chair of the Ontario Freshwater Mussel Recovery Team and is a member of the COSEWIC Mollusc Subcommittee, the American Fisheries Society Endangered Mussel Subcommittee and the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society.