Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Missouri
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Missouri Project

A strategic path forward for mussel conservation in the state of Missouri

July 2015 - July 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Office
  • Missouri Department of Conservation

Our overarching goal is to propose a strategic framework to guide state-level mussel conservation programs. To do so, we first document current state-level management actions, strategies, and resources used to manage freshwater mussels through an online survey of personnel from state natural resource agencies. Second, we detail our mussel conservation assessment strategy and describe its proposed implementation in the state of Missouri. With full understanding of the resource limitations and challenges to mussel conservation, we explore the potential of our approach to improve the effectiveness of mussel conservation efforts through strategic planning and implementation of restoration actions.

Research Publications Publication Date
Rosenberger, A.E. and G.A. Lindner. 2022. Use of a riverscape-scale model of fundamental physical habitat requirements for freshwater mussels to quantify mussel declines in a mining-contaminated stream: the Big River, Old Lead Belt, Southeast Missouri. U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Cooperator Science Series FWS/CSS-147-2022, Washington, D. C. | Abstract | Download November 2022
Key, K.N., A.E. Rosenberger, G.A. Lindner, K. Bouska, and S.E. McMurray. 2021. Riverscape-Scale Modeling of Fundamentally Suitable Habitat for Mussel Assemblages in an Ozark River System, Missouri. Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation 24: 43-58. | Abstract October 2021
Hartman, J.H., A.E. Rosenberger, K.N. Key, and G. Lindner. 2023. Assessing potential habitat for freshwater mussels by transferring a habitat suitability model within the Ozark Ecoregion, Missouri. Submitted to Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation | Abstract | Download March 2023
Bouska, K., A.E. Rosenberger, S.E. McMurray, G. Lindner, and K. Key. 2018. State-level freshwater mussel programs: current status and a research framework to aid in mussel management and conservation. Fisheries DOI:10.1002/fsh.10106. (IP-076251) May 2018