Lecture to focus on impacts of land use on streams and fish populations

Published 11:36 am Monday, February 12, 2024

Conserving Carolina is inviting the community to the Landrum Library for a free lecture entitled, “The Effects of Land Use on Streams and Fish Populations in the Piedmont of South Carolina,” presented by Dennis Haney, Ph.D. and Professor of Biology at Furman University.
The program will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 6 p.m. at the library, located at East Asbury Drive in Landrum.
Attendees will learn about the effects of present-day and historical land use on stream structure and fish populations in the Piedmont of South Carolina. For several years Dennis’s research has focused on human effects on rural streams and the organisms living within those streams. Observations showed that fish populations in rural piedmont streams are lacking in numbers and variety of species when compared to similar areas in the southeast, even in rural, forested locations where we would expect fish diversity to be high.
Over the past 10 years, Dennis has looked at various aspects that might contribute to this, conducting research on the effects of present-day land covers and historical land covers, and most recently focusing on microhabitat-level land covers as possible explanations for present-day fish diversity and abundance. This presentation will summarize some of his findings over the past decade of work.
This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at the Landrum Library. The next program at the Landrum Library will be held on March 19, when Fred Weisbecker, retired NC Wildlife Resources Commission game warden, presents “What Lies Beneath – Animal Skulls in Our Region and How to Identify Them.”
For more information, contact Pam Torlina at pam@conservingcarolina.org, or contact the Landrum Library at 864-457-2218.

Submitted by Pam Torlina