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Program Sessions

Wednesday, March 14th — Plenary

Location: Grand Gallery A-C
The Big Muddy: What Have We Learned?
Moderator: Wayne Nelson-Stastny, USFWS

Time Subject
8:00 a.m. Welcome — Mark Fincel, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Conference Planning Committee Chair
8:15 a.m. 2011 An Extreme Flood Event: Factors and the Future of Climate Monitoring for the Missouri Basin, Doug Kluck, NOAA Central Region Climate Services Director
8:45 a.m. Sharing Responsibility, Decisions and the Future of the Missouri River, Brigadier General John R. McMahon, Commander and Division Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers Northwest Division
9:15 a.m. Floodplain Management: A ‘New’ Paradigm Chad Berginnis, Associate Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers
9:45 a.m. BREAK-----------------------------------------------------------------------
10:00 a.m. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time Susan Flader, Environmental Historian and Leopold Scholar
11:30 a.m. Questions and Answers
12:00 p.m. Lunch / MRNRC Missouri River Champion Award

Session 1A: Terns and Plovers I
Moderator: Mark Sherfy, USGS-NPWRC

Time Subject
1:20 p.m. Survival and Movement of Piping Plovers on the Missouri River, Daniel H. Catlin, Virginia Tech
1:40 p.m. *Geomorphic and Hydrologic Classification and Vulnerability Assessment of Riverine Habitat Availability for Migratory Birds of the Central Flyway, Caroline M. Elliott, USGS - Columbia Environmental Research Center
2:00 p.m. Abundance, Survival, and Movement Rates of Least Terns (Sternulaantillarum) at Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina: Lessons Learned and Applications to the Missouri River System, Matthew D. Hillman, Virginia Tech
2:20 p.m. The Effect of Repeated Captures on Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Chicks, Kelsi L. Hunt, Virginia Tech
2:40 p.m. *Least Terns on the Missouri River - What Do We Now Know?, Jennifer H. Stucker, USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
3:00 p.m. BREAK----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Session 2A: Terns and Plovers II
Moderator: Tim Fleeger, USACE

Time Subject
3:20 p.m. *Habitat Dynamics and Piping Plover Distribution at Lake Sakakawea from 1986-2009, Michael J. Anteau, USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
3:40 p.m. Modeling Post-flood Dynamics and Management Actions for Emergent Sandbar Habitat, Piping Plovers, and Least Terns on the Missouri River, Kate E. Buenau, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
4:00 p.m. Composition of the Missouri Riverscape Following the 1997 Flood and Before and After the 2011 Flood, Laurence L. Strong, USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
4:20 p.m. 2011 Central Platte River Tern and Plover Monitoring and Research Summary, David M. Baasch, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
4:40 p.m. Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Land Protection Planning in Nebraska and South Dakota, Wayne Nelson-Stastny, USFWS

Wednesday, March 14th — Afternoon, Concurrent Session B

Location: Amphitheater II
Session 1B: 2011 Flood Effects I
Moderator: Tim Hanrahan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Time Subject
1:20 p.m. *Streambed Scour During the 2011 Missouri River Flood, Brenda K. Densmore and Benjamin J. Dietsch, USGS
1:40 p.m. 2011 Missouri River Flood Impacts on Shallow Water Habitat, Heather B. Hill, USACE
2:00 p.m. Shallow Water Habitat Project Evaluation Following the 2011 Flood in Omaha District, Dan Pridal, USACE
2:20 p.m. What Lies Beneath: Approach to Analyzing Hydrographic Data Collected During 2011 Flood, Colleen M. Roberts and Tracy L. Brown, USACE
2:40 p.m. Are Climate Projections of Rainfall Trustworthy and Do They Indicate 2011 is Possible in the Future, Christopher J. Anderson, Iowa State University
3:00 p.m. BREAK---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Session 2B: 2011 Flood Effects II
Moderator: Don Skaar, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Time Subject
3:20 p.m. Entrainment of Rainbow Smelt Through Oahe Dam: The Flood of 2011, Kris R. Edwards, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
3:40 p.m. Burbot Lota lota Recruitment in the Lower Missouri River During the Historic Flows of 2011, Landon D. Holte, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
4:00 p.m. Assessment of Fish Presence and Distribution in Floodplains During a High Water Event On the Missouri River, Thad W. Huenemann, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
4:20 p.m. Fish Community Response to High Water Events in 2010 and 2011 at Schilling Wildlife Management Area, Josh J. Wilhelm, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
4:40 p.m. Herpetofauna Response to the 2011 Missouri River Flood at Mitigation Sites in Iowa, Tyler J. Grant, Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Iowa State University

Thursday, March 15th — Morning, Concurrent Session A

Location: Amphitheater I
Session 1A: Flow Corridor and Sustainability
Moderator: Vince Travnichek, Missouri Department of Conservation

Time Subject
8:00 a.m. *Numerical Hydrodynamic Modeling of Ecological Potential of the Lower Missouri River Floodplain, Garth Lindner, Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County
8:20 a.m. Assessing Missouri River Floodplain Habitat Size and Connectivity, Past and Present to Determine Ecological Health, Karla K. Sparks, USACE
8:40 a.m. Innovative Conservation Approaches to Invasive Plant Management, Scott Bockness, Missouri River Watershed Coalition and Ron Moehring, South Dakota Department of Agriculture
9:00 a.m. *Evaluation of Federal Levee Setbacks along the Missouri River for Flood Risk Reduction and Increased Habitat Potential, Tony D. Krause, USACE
9:20 a.m. Shallow Water Habitat Construction Activities and Design Update, Shahrzad Jalili, USACE
9:40 a.m. Back to Nature: Habitat Restoration at Audubon Bend, Ruth E. Bentzinger, USACE
10:00 a.m. BREAK---------------------------------------------------------------------

Session 2A: Missouri River BiOp and Recovery Efforts
Moderator: Steve Fischer, USACE

Time Subject
10:20 a.m. Big Muddy Clean Sweep: Mobilizing Volunteer Energy for Missouri River Results, Steve Schnarr, Missouri River Relief
10:40 a.m. The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee: What We Have Learned?, Mary S. Roth, USACE and Carol Hale, USFWS
11:00 a.m. Scientific Review and the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, Michael J. Mac, Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee
11:20 a.m. Integrated River Basin Management: A Viable Approach for Missouri River Sustainability?, David L. Galat, The Nature Conservancy - GRP
11:40 a.m. Water Quality and the Revised Nutrient Management

Thursday, March 15th — Morning, Concurrent Session B

Location: – Amphitheater II
Session 1B: Pallid Sturgeon Movement Patterns and Habitat Use
Moderator: Kristen Grohs, USFWS

Time Subject
8:00 a.m. *Where Are You When I'm Not Looking: Insights into Pallid Sturgeon Behavior and Habitat Use from Surgically Implanted Data Storage Tags, Aaron J. DeLonay, USGS
8:20 a.m. Pallid Sturgeon Use of the Missouri and Milk Rivers in 2011, David B. Fuller, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
8:40 a.m. Influence of Bifurcation Geometry on Fluvial Fish Migration Patterns, Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
9:00 a.m. Migration Pathways and Habitat of Pallid Sturgeon in the Yellowstone River, Jason C. Rhoten, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
9:20 a.m. *Movement Patterns of Age-1 and Age-7 Pallid Sturgeon During Record Discharges within the Missouri River, Dane A. Shuman, USFWS
9:40 a.m. Just Go With the Flow: Documenting Sturgeon Use of the Lower Missouri River Floodplain, Michael W. Archer, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
10:00 a.m. BREAK-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Session 2B: Native Fishes
Moderator: Robert Klumb, USFWS

Time Subject
10:20 a.m. Effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants on Larval and Embryonic Development of Middle Mississippi River Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus), Justin A. Buckler, University of Missouri-Columbia
10:40 a.m. Food Habits of Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River, Jason E. Dattilo, Missouri Department of Conservation
11:00 a.m. Using LP Hook Timers to Understand the Dynamics of Trotline Catches in a Large River, Kirk D. Steffensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
11:20 a.m. Assessment of Floodplain Fish Assemblages: An Evaluation of Sampling Gears for Design of Future Research, Kyle R. Winders, Missouri Department of Conservation
11:40 a.m. Missouri River Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Program: Larval Fish, Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality of Constructed Off-Channel Habitats During a High Water Event Within the Channelized Miss
   

Thursday, March 15th — Afternoon, Concurrent Session A

Location: Amphitheater I
Session 3A: Cottonwoods: Status, Trends, and Futures
Moderator: Kelly Crane, USACE

Time Subject
1:00 p.m. *The 'Roots' of the Cottonwood Problem on Regulated Rivers, W. Carter Johnson, South Dakota State University
1:20 p.m. Forty Years of Vegetation Change on the Missouri River Floodplain, W. Carter Johnson, South Dakota State University
1:40 p.m. Historic Changes and Current Status of Cottonwood Forests along the Missouri River from Kansas City to Montana, Mark D. Dixon, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota
2:00 p.m. Long-term Cottonwood Forest Dynamics on the Upper Missouri River, Michael L. Scott, USGS
2:20 p.m. BREAK--------------------------------------------------------------------------
2:40 p.m. Spatial Patterns of Cottonwood Regeneration on Channelized and Unchannelized Segments of the Missouri River, Tyler P. Janke, The Nature Conservancy
3:00 p.m. *Can Cottonwood Expansion on the White River Delta Help Counterbalance Losses Elsewhere in the Missouri River System?, Malia A. Volke, South Dakota State University
3:20 p.m. Projecting Long-term Landscape Change Along the Missouri River: Implications for Cottonwood Forests and Bird Populations, Christopher L. Merkord, University of South Dakota
3:40 p.m. Ecosystem Modeling for the Missouri River Cottonwood Management Plan, Antisa C. Webb, USACE - Engineer Research and Development Center
4:00 p.m. Riparian Forest Futures on the Missouri River: New Insights and Where Do We Go from Here?, Michael L. Scott, USGS
4:20 p.m. POSTER SESSION

Thursday, March 15th — Afternoon, Concurrent Session B

Location: Amphitheater II
Session 3B: Pallid Sturgeon Potpourri
Moderator: Mark Harberg, USACE

Time Subject
1:00 p.m. *A Riverscape Genetic Analysis of Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri and Middle Mississippi Rivers, Kimberly A. Chojnacki, USGS and George R. Jordan, USFWS
1:20 p.m. Water-Quality Requirements, Tolerances, and Preferences of Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) in the Lower Missouri River, Dale W. Blevins, USGS
1:40 p.m. Age Estimates of Wild Pallid Sturgeon in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers Based on Fin Rays, Otoliths and Bomb Radiocarbon, Patrick J. Braaten, USGS-Columbia Environmental Research Center
2:00 p.m. *To Haul or Not To Haul; Development of an Automated Broodstock Collection Decision Matrix, Kimberly A. Chojnacki, USGS
2:20 p.m. BREAK---------------------------------------------------------------------

Session 4B: Fisheries and Herp Assessment
Moderator: Steve Adams, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Time Subject
2:40 p.m. Pelagophil Reproduction in Tributaries to the Missouri River in Eastern South Dakota, Jessica M. Howell, South Dakota State University
3:00 p.m. Great Plains Fish Habitat Partnership's Habitat Assessment Update, Steven C. Krentz, USFWS
3:20 p.m. Amphibian Occupancy at Overton Bottoms in Cooper County, Missouri, Kasey W. Whiteman, Missouri Department of Conservation
3:40 p.m. Amphibian Occurrence and Activity on Corps Mitigated Properties in Northeastern Kansas, Martin P. Simon, Biology Department, Benedictine College
4:00 p.m. Herpetofauna Monitoring and Wetland Restoration Evaluation on the Missouri River, Ashley E. VanderHam, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

Friday, March 16th — Morning, Session A

Location: Clubhouse Meeting Rooms
Session 1A: Hydrologic Processes and Sediment Dynamics I
Moderator: Larry Shepard, EPA

Time Subject
8:00 a.m. Paleoclimatic and Paleohydrologic Approaches for Examination of Hydroclimatic Extremes - Implications for Missouri River Reservoir Management, Daniel G. Driscoll, USGS
8:20 a.m. *Late Quaternary Stream Piracy and Fluvial Terrace Formation Along the Belle Fourche and Lower Cheyenne Rivers, South Dakota and Wyoming, John F. Stamm, USGS
8:40 a.m. Bed-load Sediment Transport on the Missouri River at Kansas City, John E. Shelley, USACE
9:00 a.m. Bedload-Sediment Transport Measured During the 2011 Missouri River Flood, David L. Rus, USGS-Nebraska Water Science Center
9:20 a.m. *Sand Deposited on Floodplains by the 2011 Lower Missouri River Flood: A Regional Remote-sensing Assessment, Robert B. Jacobson, USGSColumb

Session 2A: Hydrologic Processes and Sediment Dynamics II
Moderator: Zachary White, USACE

Time Subject
10:00 a.m. *Streamflow Characteristics of Gaged Tributaries Contributing to the Missouri River Flood of 2011, Mark T. Anderson, USGS
10:20 a.m. Stochastic Modeling of Missouri River Basin Reservoir Inflows, William P. Doan, USACE-MRBWM
10:40 a.m. An Assessment of Indicators of River Dynamics along the Missouri River from Fort Benton, MT to Kansas City, KS, Danielle J. Quist, Department
of Biology, University of South Dakota
11:00 a.m. Impact of Management and Invasive Species on Dynamic Soil Properties Affecting Hydrologic Processes of Grasslands of the Missouri River
Watersheds
, Stan C. Boltz, USDA-NRCS
11:20 a.m. Missouri River Water Management During the Flood of 2011, Doug C. Latka, USACE-NWD

Posters

Gallery D-G

  • Sandbar Dynamics of the Lower Platte River, Nebraska - Methods and Results of Pilot Study 2012.
    Jason S. Alexander and Ronald B. Zelt
     
  • Impact of Management and Invasive Species on Dynamic Soil Properties Affecting Hydrologic Processes of Grasslands of the Missouri River Watershed.
    Stan C. Boltz and Richard Bednarek
     
  • Evaluating Shallow Water Habitat Creation Efforts - How Do We Measure Success?
    Joe L. Bonneau, Tim M. Fleeger, Todd R. Gemeinhardt
     
  • Multi-scale Habitat Assessment of Larval and Young Sturgeon Habitat in the Lower Missouri River.
    Caroline M. Elliott, Robert B. Jacobson, Clayton J. Ridenour, Milan R. Thorsby, and Aaron J. DeLonay
     
  • Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) Spawning in Constructed Side-channel Chutes.
    Darrick L. Garner
     
  • An Evaluation of Shallow Water Habitat Projects on Missouri River Water Quality.
    Todd R. Gemeinhardt and Joe L. Bonneau
     
  • Benthic Macro Fauna Colonization on Inundated Floodplain Sites along the Lower Missouri River.
    Marcus L. Miller and Nathan J.C. Gosch
     
  • Comparison of Catch Rates for Native and Non-native Missouri River Floodplain Fishes Using Mini-fyke Nets.
    Nathan J.C. Gosch and Marcus L. Miller
     
  • Entrapment: Floodplain Habitat Use by Missouri River Fishes.
    Nathan J.C. Gosch and Marcus L. Miller
     
  • Utilizing Records of Paleoclimate and Paleohydrology to Identify Hydroclimatic Extremes in the Missouri River Basin. 
    Adel E. Haj and Daniel G. Driscoll 19
     
  • Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Program: Missouri River Floodplain Macroinvertebrates during a Historic Flood Event. 
    Jerrod R. Hall, Schuyler J. Sampson, and Ken J. Hatten
     
  • Evaluation of PIT Tag Retention from Two Tagging Locations in Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon.
    Martin J. Hamel, Kirk D. Steffensen, Jeremy J. Hammen, and Mark A. Pegg
     
  • Large River Fish Community Use of Floodplain Habitats. 
    Nicholas P. Hogberg and Mark A. Pegg
     
  • Pallid Sturgeon Diet in the Lower Missouri River. 
    Thomas R. Huffmon, Jason E. Dattilo, and Kyle R. Winders
     
  • Potential Applications of Decadal Climate Predictions in Water and Agriculture Sectors in the Missouri River Basin.
    Cody L. Knutson
     
  • Action Needed to Reverse Course of Diminishing Benefits of Missouri River Mainstem System Regulation.  
    Sandra K. Korkow and Howard A. Paul
     
  • The Vegetation and Soil Seed Bank in Inundated Areas of Bow Creek Recreation Area Following the Missouri River Flood of 2011.  
    Brian L. Korman
     
  • Seasonal Resource Selection by Blue Suckers in the Lower Missouri River.
    Hilary A. Meyer and Tracy D. Hill
     
  • Evidence for Countergradient Variation in Pallid Sturgeon Physiology.
    Hilary A. Meyer, Steven R. Chipps, Brian D.S. Graeb, and Robert A. Klumb
     
  • Comparison of Multiple Water Quality Parameters During High Flow Events on the Lower Missouri River.
    Dane M. Morris, Todd R. Gemeinhardt, and David E. Jensen
     
  • Missouri River Bank Erosion: Ongoing Monitoring on the Lower Brule Reservation.
    Kathleen M. Neitzert, George L. Honeywell, Ryan F. Thompson, and James J. Sanovia
     
  • Efficiency of Fish Sampling During Flood Years on the Missouri River.  
    Darby J. Niswonger, Kyle R. Winders, and Thomas J. Huffmon
     
  • Effect of Exposure to Freezing Air Temperatures on Sturgeon Tissues.
    Diana M. Papoulias, Mandy L. Annis, and Wyatt J. Doyle
     
  • Long-term Trends and Status of Riverine Mesohabitats, Channel Complexity, and Habitat Turnover along the Missouri River from Fort Benton, MT to Kansas City, KS (1890-2006).
    Danielle J. Quist, Mark C. Dixon, Tim C. Cowman, and Daniel A. Soluk
     
  • Diet Composition and Feeding Patterns of Shovelnose Sturgeon with Inferences about Foraging Habitats in the Lower Platte River, Nebraska, U.S.A.
    Tobias Rapp, Dane A. Shuman, Brian D.S. Graeb, Steven R. Chipps, and Edward J. Peters
     
  • Ontogenetic Prey Preferences of Pallid Sturgeon.
    Tobias Rapp, Brian D.S. Graeb, Steven R. Chipps, and Robert A. Klumb
     
  • Role of Hydrology on the Distribution and Population Structure of Sauger in Lower Missouri River.
    Clayton J. Ridenour, Adam J. McDaniel, Wyatt J. Doyle, and Tracy D. Hill
     
  • Big Muddy Clean Sweep: Mobilizing Volunteer Energy for Missouri River Results.
    Steve Schnarr
     
  • Assessing Missouri River Floodplain Habitat Size and Connectivity, Past and Present to Determine Ecological Health.
    Karla K. Sparks, Mike Snyder, and Dave Crane
     
  • Future Trends Assessment for Missouri River Natural Resources.
    Karla K. Sparks, Dave Crane, Mike Snyder, Paula Gagnon, and David Braun
     
  • Fish Community Monitoring in an Engineered Missouri River Backwater.
    Sam M. Stukel, Jason G. Kral, and Nate C. Loecker 21
     
  • Fish Community Use of Flooded Habitat in the 59-Mile Missouri National Recreational River.
    Sam M. Stukel, Jason G. Kral, and Nate C. Loecker
     
  • Patterns of Biodiversity and Abundance of Terrestrial Macro Invertebrates on Two Mitigation Sites of Northeast Kansas.
    Elizabeth E. Tharman, Lisa Prowant, Mary O’Brien, Amy Vogrin, and Martin Simon
     
  • Nesting Ecology of Spiny Softshell Turtles (Apalone spinifera hartwegi) on the Missouri River, Montana.
    Brian J. Tornabene, Robert G. Bramblett, Stephen A. Leathe, Alexander V. Zale, and JoAnn Dullum
     
  • Study of Tern & Plover Habitat on the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoirs.
    Cynthia S. Upah and Michelle Schultz
     
  • Utilizing Hydrographic Data to Monitor Scour Hole Activity During Flood of 2011.
    Dereck F. Wansing and Tracy L. Brown
     
  • An Approach for Assessing Potential Impact and Associated Uncertainty of Global Climate Change on Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon.
    Mark L. Wildhaber, Christopher K. Wikle, Christopher J. Anderson, Kristie J. Franz, Edward H. Moran, and Rima Dey
     
  • Population Dynamics and Biodiversity Patterns of Small Mammals on the Benedictine Bottoms Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Site.
    Lisa C. Willis, Ryley Donaldson, Lisa Prowant, Mary O’Brien, and Martin Simon
     
  • Habitat Association of Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River.
    Cliff D. Wilson and Kyle R. Winders
     
  • Age-0 Fish Abundance in Missouri River Highwater Areas During a Flooding Cycle.
    Kyle R. Winders and Darby J. Niswonger
     
  • Inundated Floodplain Biological Monitoring at Bow Creek Recreation Area during the 2011 Missouri River Flood.
    Lisa A. Yager