Thursday, Febrauary 26, 2015

Aquatic Underdogs:

How Freshwater Mussels Can Help Save our Great Waters

An Illustrated Presentation by

Dr. Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Lecture at 6:00 PM

The museum will be open prior to the lecture.

Please register here for this free event.

Freshwater Mussels from the Unionidae Collection at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Freshwater mussels are the "underdogs" of aquatic ecology: few people know that they exist and even fewer know that they are the most imperiled of all organisms in North America. As a result of degraded stream conditions and their unique and complicated lifecycle, once plentiful freshwater mussel populations are dwindling. That's bad news for our rivers, streams, and lakes, where freshwater mussels play a vital role as natural waste treatment plants. This presentation will describe the fascinating lifestyle and status of freshwater mussels and chronicle how local efforts to restore these animals will protect our waterways.

Dr. Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with more than 30 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She currently serves as science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, where she represents the National Estuary Program's scientific interests. She also serves as associate research professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Danielle's research interests are currently focused on the ecology and restoration of bivalve shellfish and coastal wetlands, as well as climate adaptation, living shorelines, and ecosystem services.













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