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Texas Groundwater Invertebrate Forum


2019 TGIF (Texas Groundwater Invertebrate Forum) Meeting/Conference

Where: Dunbar Meeting Hall:
801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666
Sponsors: EARDC, USFWS

Organizers: Amelia Hunter, Benjamin Schwartz, Victor Castillo, III

When: November 15, 2019.


To bring together people in Texas who are working on subterranean biology so that knowledge and information can be shared and transferred and future efforts to increase knowledge of groundwater ecosystems can be coordinated.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the organizers of TGIF is to encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas and information, and to more efficiently and clearly convey and transfer information to those who need and/or use it.

Problem Statement:

Many people are working on groundwater organisms in TX, but sparse research coordination and exchange of information about the many diverse projects and efforts is a barrier to fully understanding groundwater biodiversity, and to the efficient dissemination and effective use of data for research and management purposes.

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  • Schedule and Presenters:

    8:30 – 9:10: Registration, coffee, and pastries
    9:10 – 9:20: Amelia Hunter (USFWS) and Benjamin Schwartz (EARDC): Welcome, introductions, forum format, statement of TGIF goals, mission, and vision: ‘this is where we are’ and ‘here is what we are doing’.

    9:20 – 9:40: Speaker #1Michael Warriner and Ashley Jackson: USFWS Overview: SSAs, priorities, etc. ES office’s perspectives on importance, need, and use of groundwater invertebrate data in management/listing decisions

    9:40 – 10:00: Speaker #2Ross Winton: TPWD research interest and needs related to groundwater invertebrates and SCGNs.
    10:00 – 10:20: Speaker #3Benjamin Hutchins: where are groundwater invertebrates in TX and what do we know about them? Big picture overview.

    10:20 – 10:40: Morning coffee break/posters

    10:40 – 11:00: Speaker #4Benjamin Schwartz: Current state of groundwater invertebrate collections in TX, data formats, data availability, and related gaps and needs to resolve curation, access, and maintenance. EARDC and UT: Texas Cave Portal goals.

    11:00 – 11:20: Speaker #5Robert Mace: Overview of groundwater laws in TX and implications for groundwater species conservation.

    11:20 – 11:40: Speaker #6Nicholas Kaufmann: Down-hole cameras as tools for real-time monitoring of aquifer organisms.

    11:40 – 12:00: Speaker #7 – David Berg: Evolution and phylogeography of groundwater invertebrates

    12:00 – 1:00: Lunch and discussion/posters

    1:00 – 1:20: Speaker #8Pete Diaz: Bell County groundwater invertebrate surveys

    1:20 – 1:40: Speaker #9Kathryn Perez: Spring Snails in Texas

    1:40 – 2:00: Speaker #10Weston Nowlin: extinction modeling and biomass in aquifers

    2:00 – 2:20: Afternoon coffee break/posters

    2:20 – 3:40: Discussion:

    -    Networking within and working with the community

    -    Sampling methods for GW inverts

    -    Sampling methods and needs for future molecular work (eDNA?)

    -    Additional topics and Q/A?

    3:40 – 4:00: Schwartz/Hunter; Planning for next meeting (topics and priorities), closing remarks, thank you.

    Lunchtime poster presentations:

    Will Coleman: Distributions and molecular differentiation of described Lirceolus spp

    Michael Warriner: Areas with listed and petitioned groundwater species in Texas

    Dominique Alvear: Determining the specific status of an unusual, phreatic, Texas cavesnail

    Ely Kosnicki: Life history of Comal Springs Dryopid Beetle and Comal Springs Riffle Beetle

NOVEMBER 15, 2019
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