Study the Floodplain

Unique Systems

At the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, cross-discipline and inter-institutional studies Kristy Ulm holds up a sample collected from Thompson Lake.explore the science of the floodplain; these studies and the scientists working at the station

become part of the fascinating history of this area.  Ecologists and managers who study floodplains understand that these systems are unique.  But scientists are only beginning to understand floodplain ecology, both in its parts and as a whole.

Important questions challenge scientists at every level of study:

  • Why do fish thrive in and near a natural floodplain, but disappear when levies surround a river?
  • What are the economic tradeoffs between land drained for agricultural production and the naturally abundant floodplains?
  • Technical, scientific questions about the floodplain interact with the history, culture, and future of the humans who have lived and who will live on or near the Emiquon floodplain. How will the Emiquon restoration affect people today and in the future?

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Emiquon:
Restoration Ecology

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Recent Scholarly Paper about Floodplains

Description of Freshwater Bacterial Assemblages from the Upper Paraná River Floodpulse System, Brazil. Michael J. Lemke, E. Kurt Lienau, Jean Rothe, Thomaz A. Pagioro, Jeff Rosenfeld & Rob DeSalle. Microbial Ecology (2009) 57:94–103.

Dr. Keenan Dungey discusses a research project with former UIS student Sara Paver.Annual Science Symposium:

UIS Students Studying the Floodplain:

Recent Data about Emiquon and Illinois:

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