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Mountain Stream Symposium II:

Continuing Challenges for Critical Ecosystems

Post-Event Meeting Summary and Video Presentations

This one-day symposium hosted at James Madison University on September 21, 2013 spotlighted a diverse group of invited speakers from academia, agency, and non-profit groups interested in mountain streams of the Appalachian region.  The symposium theme was Continuing Challenges for Critical Ecosystems,with the goal of highlighting emerging research and management that provide opportunities for understanding challenges facing mountain streams in our region.  The symposium was a follow-up to the Virginia Mountain Stream Symposium I held at UVA in 2004.  A summary of the meeting and emerging ideas is available below.

Meeting Summary

Full Length Video Presentations Available

Affiliation Title (Click for Video)
Todd Scanlon UVA

Virginia's Mountain Streams: What Thirty Years of Research tells us about Future Impacts of Acid Rain and Climate Change

Andy Dolloff USFS & VT

More is Better, But Still Not Enough: Insights From 20 Years of Monitoring Brook Trout and American Eels in Blue Ridge Mountain Streams

Mark Hudy USGS

The Importance of Scale: Assessing and Predicting Brook Trout Status in its Southern Native Range

Than Hitt USGS

Spatial Structure of Stream Thermal Sensitivity Affects Climate Change Forecasts for Brook Trout

Jeb Wofford NPS

Aquatic Ecosystem Health in Shenandoah National Park - A summary Based Upon Benthic Macroinverebrate Monitoring Results (1990-2009) 

Dawn Kirk  USFS

Aquatic Resoration on National Forest

Paul Angermeier VT

Perspectives on Stream Fish Moverment: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Tests

Robert Humston WL

Stocking Brook Trout in Virginia's Headwater Reservoirs: Dispersal and Direct Genetic Impacts on Native Stream Populations

Jason Lynch USEPA

The Acid Rain Program: What it Means to Mountain Streams in Virginia

Gary Berti TU

Applied Practices of Stream Habitat Enhancement, Restoration and Protection

Tom Benzing JMU

Stream Temperature Studies on South River in Augusta County and Waynesboro for Targeting Trout Restoration Efforts

Steve Reeser VDGIF

A History of VDGIF's Wild Trout Management Program 

John Ross CCR

The Center for Coldwater Restoration, Waynesboro VA 

Joe Keiper VMNH Water Resources as a Central Theme in a Proposed Natural History Interpretive Center in Waynesboro, VA 
Panel Discussion Click here to view the Panel Discussion

Synthesis and Interpretation of Surface-Water Quality and Aquatic Biota Data Collected in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 1979–2009

Organizing Committee:Fish

  • Christine May, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, James Madison University          
  • Tom Benzing, Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University                                
  • Rick Webb, Senior Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia


4-VA program & JMU Department of Biology