River partners to present aquatic biologist

Dr. Dustin Lynch

Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present Dr. Dustin Lynch, Aquatic Biologist, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, "Protecting Arkansas’ Aquatic Heritage”/“Stream Communities of the Ozark Highlands,” Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Boone County Library in Harrison.

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission has been working since 1973 to conserve Arkansas’s natural communities and the rare, threatened, and endangered species that comprise them. Dr. Lynch’s presentation will provide an overview of ANHC’s role in protection of our state’s aquatic resources, including examples of imperiled aquatic species in different eco-regions and the unique conservation challenges facing them. He will explore a variety of species from the major taxonomic groups that make up life in an Ozark Highland stream such as the Buffalo River, including a photographic tour of such groups as darters, madtoms, crayfish, salamanders, and mayflies.

Dr. Lynch is the aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. He holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a Masters degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University. Current research projects include studying the impact of drought on environmental flow relationships in Ozark Highland streams and quantifying the effects of flow alteration on stream communities in the region.

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