Michael Gangloff's Student Conducts Surveys on Appalachian ElkToe Mussel

Gary Pandolifi's research involves assessing the impacts of human driven land-use modifications and climate change on the critically endangered Appalachian Elktoe mussel (Alasmidonta raveneliana). He is employing legacy land use and water quality data obtained from state and federally agencies to assess significant changes in these parameters over the past 30 years. Currently, he is a US Fish and Wildlife Service Intern at the Asheville, NC Ecological Services Field Office for the summer 2015 were he is conducting research on his masters thesis and providing USFWS with data pertinent to the continued management of the Appalachian Elktoe. Pandolifi uses ArcGIS to correlate the distribution of imperiled non-game fishes in the headwaters of the New River drainage in NC with current land use and land cover models and abundance of Christmas tree farms.  He has also assisted in multiple other projects including fish, crayfish and hellbender surveys, water quality monitoring and dam re-licensing with both federal, state and non-government agencies across the Southeastern United States.  Gary Pandolifi's advisor and faculty mentor is Dr. Michael Gangloff.



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