Scientist conducting research in Congaree National Park
Scientist conducting research in Congaree National Park

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Information For Researchers

Research data provide valuable information to assist with the management of park resources. The Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center works to integrate research into the visitor experience, park resource management, and educational outreach programs.

Research Needs at Congaree

Please visit our Research Needs Page to learn more about research opportunities at Congaree National Park.

Please contact our Research & Education Center if you are interested in conducting research. To submit a research permit application electronically visit: NPS Permit Guidance


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Research Summary Publications

The summary publications below provide the best available translantion of academic reports, scientific data, and scholarly manuscripts to make these resources more accessible.

Thicketed forest canopy openings at Congaree National Park provide ideal Bachman's warbler habitat.
Bachman's Warbler Summary

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Bachman's Warbler Research Summary: Bachman's warbler is one of North America's rarest songbirds. In 2001, sightings were reported at Congaree National Park. Subsequent searches failed to document any Bachman's warblers, but this study provided insights into long-term ecological trends and calls for hope in conserving other species.

Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bat
Bat Research Summary

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Bat Research Summary: Congaree and the NPS Southeast Coast Inventory & Monitoring Network partnered with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and Clemson University to conduct research on bat populations and habitat usage. This summary highlights two recent bat research projects and includes some general bat facts.

Scientist identifying crayfish at Congaree National Park
Crayfish Research Summary

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Crayfish Research Summary: Little is known about crayfish ecology worldwide, but scientists generally recognize that native crayfish and all the habitats and organisms that depend on them are relatively vulnerable to human impacts.

Scientist places tracking collar on feral hog at Congaree National Park.
Feral Hog Summaries (2 publication series)

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Feral Hog Summaries (2 Summary Publications): Feral hogs have significant, negative impacts on plants, animals, and habitats across the country - including the floodplain and upland forest ecosystems protected by Congaree National Park.

Lianas (woody vines) at Congaree National Park
Liana Research Summary

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Liana Research Summary: Scientists are still working to understand the ecological roles lianas (woody vines) play in forests all over the world. Recent research at Congaree National Park is helping to address many of these questions.

Hernando de Soto
De Soto Resource Summary

Smithsonian Archives

De Soto Research Summary: The legacy of the De Soto expedition is complicated. It is difficult to understand and judge their actions by modern standards. In any event, these records provide a rich glimpse into the history of Congaree National Park.

Sychronic firefly (Photuris frontalis)
Sychronic Firefly Research Summary

Lynn Faust

Sychronic Firefly Research Summary: Research is being conducted on P. frontalis at Congaree National Park to improve understanding of this species' unique characteristics including rapid sychronous flashing and intermittently synchronous flashing. Scientists are interested in collecting more data on female P. frontalis in order to better understand the courtship and mating behavior of this species.
Carolina bogmint in bloom at Congaree National Park.
Carolina Bogmint Research Summary

Dr. Katherine Manry, Clemson University

Carolina Bogmint Research Summary: Carolina bogmint (Macbridea caroliniana; MACA), also known as Carolina birds-in-a-nest, is a rare mint found at a few dozen forested wetland sites across the coastal plain of the Carolinas and Georgia. Congaree National Park is home to the largest known MACA population. The paired, purplish-pink blooms of this square-stemmed herb provide a welcome splash of color under the muggy forest canopy from late June to August. On closer inspection, to many people the flowers do indeed look like hungry baby birds reaching up from a nest.

Last updated: October 23, 2014