Crayfish Diversity in Arkansas
Arkansas has a remarkably diverse crayfish fauna, with approximately sixty species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. In this presentation, I will provide an introduction to crayfish natural history, ecology, and identification, as well as techniques that biologists use to study crayfish. I will then profile a selection of unique Arkansas crayfish species with a variety of photographs and information about each.
About Dr. Dustin Lynch
Dr. Dustin Lynch, MS Oklahoma State University, PhD University of Arkansas, 14 years as a researcher working on a variety of taxa in a variety of ecosystems. He currently works as the Aquatic Ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission where he has collaborated on projects involving many rare and sensitive species of fish, crayfish, mussels, reptiles, amphibians, and birds across the state. He is a member of the Fish Taxa, Crayfish Taxa, and Aquatic Habitat State Wildlife Grant (SWG) teams and recently conducted a complete reassessment of conservation ranks of all species of Arkansas crayfish. Dustin has published seven papers and contributed to numerous presentations at scientific meetings, as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. He has conducted research on environmental flows, phylogeography, occupancy and detection of rare species, and natural history collection curation.