Dr. Charles Randklev is the Principal Investigator for the IRNR-TAMU Mussel Research Group. His research activities focus on status assessments of native mussel populations and understanding how habitat conditions contribute to mussel persistence. Dr. Randklev provides eight years of experience studying freshwater mussels in east and central Texas river systems. He also provides several years of applied research experience in biological sampling of macroinvertebrates, surveying and relocating state threatened species at bridge construction sites, and evaluating how downstream benthic communities respond to river impoundment.
Dr. Kentaro (Ken) Inoue is a Research Scientist and evolutionary and conservation biologist with the IRNR-TAMU Mussel Research Group. His research focuses on understanding spatiotemporal patterns of biodiversity in response to environmental changes and the processes that promote and assemble diversity. These studies include population genetics, phylogenetic and phylogeographic analyses, mark-and-recapture monitoring, and ecological and evolutionary modeling. Dr. Inoue provides nine years of experience studying freshwater molluscs in the Mississippi River and Rio Grande systems in the US and several river systems in Europe.
Mr. Michael Hart is a Research Associate, Freshwater Mussel Ecologist and laboratory manager with the IRNR-TAMU Mussel Research Group. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Fisheries at Auburn University. The focus of his thesis research was on the development and use of a novel host-confirmation technique for use with Elliptio crassidens (elephant-ear) and Reginaia ebenus (ebony shell). Mr. Hart also has experience with field and laboratory studies focusing on mussel ecotoxicology, ecology, and life history. Mr Hart provides four plus years of experience working with and sampling freshwater mussels in Alabama and Texas.
Ms. Jennifer Morton is a Research Assistant with the IRNR-TAMU Mussel Research Group and a graduate student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Her thesis project focuses on assessing the upper thermal limits and desiccation resistance of several threatened freshwater mussel species. Jen has two years of experience sampling and studying freshwater mussels in various rivers and streams across Texas and has helped with laboratory research of freshwater mussel propagation.
Jack Dudding is a Research Assistant with the IRNR-TAMU Mussel Research Group and a graduate student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Jack's research will focus on identifying host fish for several threatened mussel species. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2014. After college he worked at Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery on freshwater mussel propagation. Prior to joining the IRNR, Jack participated in volunteer work for Drexel University in Equatorial Guinea and more recently as a research assistant with the Illinois Natural History Survey at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.