2008 Research Symposium







Vision

Our goal is to showcase the scientific research conducted at Congaree National Park over the last 30 years, and begin to direct the focus of future research efforts at local and regional scales.

 
Spider Identification
A researcher assists with taxonomic identification of spiders at Congaree National Park

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Program Overview

This three day symposium will include presentations by researchers currently conducting work in Congaree and similar floodplain habitat. Bringing experts together around a central topic, such as the floodplain ecosystem within Congaree, is a critical tool for collaboration and program sustainability at Congaree National Park. Examining the body of knowledge generated to date in relation to emerging issues such as climate change will help frame future research efforts and applied studies. Evaluation of current scientific knowledge is critical to adaptive natural resource management at Congaree.

 
Field Data Sheet
Field Data Sheet

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Outcomes

Published proceedings, recommendations and the updated research bibliography will serve as a roadmap for developing future partnerships and additional research efforts addressing local and regional natural resource issues.

 
Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek

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Rationale

Due to the unique old-growth bottomland forest protected within park boundaries, Congaree’s distinctive designations such as International Biosphere Reserve, Globally Important Bird Area, and the South Carolina Outstanding National Resource Waters of Cedar Creek, Congaree National Park is a preeminent location for globally significant research. Congaree is also uniquely poised to provide products targeted at scientific literacy, education and outreach for a broad audience through the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center.

 
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle

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Intended Audience

The intended audience includes federal, state and local government scientists, university and other non-government researchers, collaborating partners and supporters of Congaree National Park.

 
Ivory Billed Woodpecker and Friends
Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Friends

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Contact Information

Theresa A. Thom, Ph.D.
Director, Old Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061
theresa_thom@nps.gov
(803) 695-0214

 

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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