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Lecture: Paddlefish in Mississippi

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Location: MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

County: Hinds

For more information please contact the Visitor Information Specialist at 601-576-6000 or by email at .

The Paddlefish in Mississippi: Living Fossil, Natural Resource, and Engineering Marvel

SPEAKER: Jan Hoover, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, (ERDC), Environmental Lab, Vicksburg, MS

Paddlefish have been known to science since the 1500's, but many aspects of their biology, their value to humans, and their utility to military engineers are newly-emerging. 

Hear about recent studies of Paddlefish by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. This research documents how their ancient body plan has enabled Paddlefish to thrive in modern, frequently-impacted rivers, how their distinctive biology provides high-value commodities to society and important information to ecologists, and how their unique rostrum (or "paddle") can be used by the military for the development of new defensive technologies. 

Included with museum admission. Free for Members.

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