Friday, July 6, 2012

OVUM 2012

This year's OVUM meeting is in Fort Wayne, IN on 6 Oct 2012.

Register on-line at

For more information, contact the hosts, Warren Pryor ( or Andrea Geyer (

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sandhill Cranes

On Sunday, 21 November 2010, Warren drove three members of the USF Science Club (Chelsea, Jason & Rosie) to see the sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski State Nature Preserve.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Science Club's Field Station Outing

The USF Science Club had a terrific time on their recent overnight visit to the Crooked Lake Field Station. Activities included snorkeling, supper aboard the pontoon boat, a campfire, and hillbilly golf.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Here are some presentations that have stemmed from the work of the USF Mussel Ecology Group:

Pryor WW. 2004. Population biology of Quadrula pustulosa at Johnny Appleseed Park. Presented at the Great Lakes Mollusk Watchers’ Conference, Porter, Indiana.

Pryor WW. 2005. Distribution of the native freshwater mussels in the rivers of Allen County, Indiana.

Pryor WW. 2006. Sediment analysis in the Saint Joseph River. Seminar Presentation to the Science Faculty and Students of the University of Saint Francis.

Goodman SS, Gillespie RB & Pryor WW. 2007. Assessment of freshwater mussel communities in Cedar Creek, northeast Indiana. Abstract in Program of the Indiana Academy of Science 123rd Annual Meeting, p. 54.

Tracy SJ, Smith HN, Heyerly AL & Pryor WW. 2007. Investigation of the thermal environment of freshwater mussels in northeastern Indiana: A preliminary report. Abstract in Program of the Indiana Academy of Science 123rd Annual Meeting, p. 55.

Pryor WW, Morman RE, Wire KR, Baumgartner JM & Meier AH. One hundred years of unionids: replication of the 1908 survey of freshwater mussels of Allen County, Indiana. Poster at Indiana Academy of Science, 124th Fall Meeting, October 23-25, 2008, University of Evansville.

Morman RE, Baumgartner JM & Pryor WW. 2009. Mussel community trends in the Saint Joseph River (of the Maumee): Annual surveys at Johnny Appleseed Park. Presented at Indiana Academy of Science, 125th Fall Meeting, October 22 & 23, 2009, Indiana University Kokomo.

Baumgartner JM, Morman RE & Pryor WW. Spatial difference in community composition of unionids of the Saint Joseph (of the Maumee) at Johnny Appleseed Park. Presented at the 22nd Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Morman RE, Baumgartner JM & Pryor WW. 2010. Ecological physiology of Lampsilis siliquoidea (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in Crooked Lake, Whitley County, Indiana: A preliminary analysis. Poster at Association of Franciscan Colleges and University, at University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On 12 March 2010, Rosemary, Joe and I visited Columbus, Ohio. There we toured the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center, examined shells with Tom Watters at Ohio State's Mollusk Museum, and got personal with an echidna at the Zoo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crooked Lake Winter Walk

On 14 Jan 2010, Rosemary and Warren visited Crooked Lake. We walked from the Field Station to the shore near our mussel bed and back again. Along the way, we saw some unexpected wildlife: tiny insects by the thousands jumping around on top of the snow, two species of spiders (also on the snow), some bright green moss in liquid water flowing into the lake, and several kinds of birds. The ice was too thick and opaque for us to view the mussels, but we made an important observation: there was no evidence of recent muskrat activity near the mussel bed.

It was perfect weather for this kind of activity. The temperature was cold enough to keep the mud at bay, and warm enough for the walkers' relative comfort. There was little wind, and sometimes the sun even emerged!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mussel Geek Retreat

The Mussel Geeks held a writing retreat on 15 & 16 December 2009 at the Crooked Lake Field Station. Our goals were to produce rough drafts of the Introduction and Results Sections for our manuscript, which documents changes in the mussel communities of northeastern Indiana streams, in collaboration with our colleagues at IPFW. Stephanie joined Rosemary, Joseph and Warren on Tuesday afternoon, to concentrate on the results. We worked hard most of the time, but took breaks, too, during which we enjoyed one another's company, played cards, and ate some pretty fantastic food. We had hamburgers and mashed potatoes for lunch, beef and noodles for supper, and oatmeal and bacon for breakfast. On Tuesday evening, Rosemary serenaded us on her viola.