Contact Us | Search: Advanced Search
EPA Home > Research & Development >About International Symposium on Ecology & Biodiversity in Large Rivers of Northeast Asia & North America

Event Information Language:

General Information:
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC), and Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA) announce the Third International Symposium on Ecology and Biodiversity in Large Rivers of Northeast Asia and North America, to be held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 20 - 24 September, 2010. Building on two prior symposia in Khabarovsk, Russia (2002) and Harbin, People’s Republic of China (2006), the third symposium will bring together Chinese, Russian, and North American researchers, river engineers, wetland managers, and conservation biologists to discuss local and landscape-scale management of large rivers and associated natural resources. This symposium will focus on the countries' mutual objectives of managing riverine ecosystems to ensure optimal levels of water quality and quantity, restore and manage riverine and riparian wetlands, increase sustainable fishery stocks, and conserve their internationally significant natural resources. In addition to plenary and breakout sessions, symposium participants will participate in a one day trip on the Lower Mississippi River to discuss the role of river engineering in the restoration and management of large riverine ecosystems and view native fish species and habitats.

The USFWS, USEPA, USACE, LMRCC, and MICRA encourage the submission of river ecosystem and riverine wetland management and research paper and poster abstracts from scientists, natural resource managers, river engineers, and others in the following topics:

I. River Restoration: Research and management methods and techniques in river restoration, including in-stream habitat improvement, native fish and fowl restoration management, general river biodiversity improvement, off-channel restoration, water quality and quantity improvement, dam removal and mitigation projects, habitat destruction avoidance methods, and associated topics.

II. Riverine and Riparian Wetland Restoration: Wetland habitat improvement and creation, levee modification, wetland water quality and quantity improvement, biodiversity, and associated topics.

III. Biological and Abiotic Monitoring of River and Riverine Wetland Ecosystems: River and riverine wetland characterization for monitoring and assessment using biological data (e.g., fish, macroinvertebrates, diatoms/algae, waterfowl, plants, etc.) and abiotic data (e.g., water measurements of pH, nitrate, metals, PCBs, PAHs, etc.). Topics include monitoring for invasive species and other stressors.

IV. Remote Sensing and GIS as a Tool for Conservation, Monitoring, and Planning: Use of remotely sensed data (e.g., Landsat, LiDAR, Quickbird, ICONOS, SPOT, hyperspectral imagery, etc.) and geographic information systems (GIS) to characterize, monitor, or assess river systems or riverine wetlands, use of spatially explicit models of river and riverine wetland processes and habitats.

V. Functional Characterization and Ecosystem Services of Rivers and Riverine Wetlands: Analyses of ecosystem services associated with rivers and associated wetland features. Services include but are not limited to provisioning of food (e.g., aquaculture, fisheries, waterfowl) and fiber, nutrient processing, drinking water provisioning, floodwater attenuation (wetlands), carbon and nutrient sequestration, and others. Topical presentations include the effects of anthropocentric stressors on the provisioning of ecosystem services.

VI. Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species and Resources: Management and research of threatened and endangered species, including restoration efforts, monitoring, genetic studies, reintroductions, and related studies. Topics also include presentations on protected area management and outreach and education.

Paper presentations will be approximately 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions. Papers may be delivered in English, Chinese, or Russian, and will be translated simultaneously into the other two languages during the 20 minute presentation window. However, Powerpoint presentations should have
all text in English to facilitate translation and understanding across all languages.

Venue and Dates:
The conference will be held along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, home to Elvis’ Graceland, a thriving music and cultural scene, fantastic southern bar-b-que, and numerous museums and attractions. The venue is Springhill Suites Conference Center (21 North Main Street, Memphis, TN‎) and the conference dates are Monday, 20 September through Friday, 24 September 2010. Attendees are encouraged to arrive on either Saturday, 18 September or Sunday, 19 September to facilitate a punctual start to the conference on Monday morning, 20 September.

Army Corps of Engineers Boat Tour of the Mississippi River

The USACE Memphis District and Mississippi Valley Division are providing a guided all-day boat tour along the Mississippi River on Thursday, 23 September, on the USACE Little Rock District Inspection Barge, pushed by the M/V Strong. The tour is free to registered symposium guests
BUT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 175 REGISTRANTS, SO REGISTER EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. Note that the tour will culminate with a banquet/fish fry and live music at the Tunica River Park and Museum. Transportation will be provided back to the conference venue.

Call for Papers:
Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Third International Symposium on Ecology and Biodiversity in Large Rivers of Northeast Asia and North America, to be held in Memphis, TN, USA September 20-24, 2010. While you may still register and attend the conference, the abstract submission period has ended. If you would still like to have an abstract considered for the conference, please email an English-language abstract directly to Dr. Charles Lane at

Symposium Agenda:
Please click on this link for the most up-to-date Agenda for the conference.
Please click on this link for the Symposium Abstracts.

Registration Fee:
Registration should be paid in advance to ensure your participation in all events at the Symposium, including the opening banquet (Monday night) and all-day boat tour and banquet (Thursday). A registration fee may also be paid at the conference upon arrival, although no guarantees will be made as to the availability of all Symposium events. Once you have registered, please follow this link to the Symposium’s payment center (hosted by PayPal and the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee).
US, State, Tribal, and Local Governments$150
Private Industry/Consulting$150
Foreign Guests (not including China and Russia)$75
Foreign Guests from China and RussiaNo Charge
Single Day Registration Fee$75
A limited number of opportunities for free attendance in return for conference assistance will be provided for select students; please contact Dr. Charles Lane for more information.
If your organization requires an invoice for the processing of checks or third party vendor payments, please use the invoice that may be found at this link.

Steven Kohl, USFWS, International Conservation Division, Chief of Russia/East Asia Branch, Arlington, VA, 703-358-1785,
Ron Nassar, Ph.D., USFWS, Lower Mississippi River Fisheries Coordination Office, Vicksburg, MS, 601-629-6602,
Charles Lane, Ph.D., USEPA, Office of Research & Development, Cincinnati, OH, 513-569-7854,

Support Provided By:
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Lakes - Big Rivers Region

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region
US Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis Division

US Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division
US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
US Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory
Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association

Last updated on Fri 06/22/2018