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November 1, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Water@Wayne Seminar Series presents "Alien Invaders - Determining and Documenting Invasive Corbiculids in Illinois" with Jeremy Tiemann, Illinois Natural History Survey. Mr. Tiemann is a Field Biologist/Aquatic Zoologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He obtained a BS in biology from the University of Kansas. He completed a masters of Science in biologocal sciences from Emporia State University. His research interests include stream ecology and life history of non-game fishes and freshwater mollusks.


The genus Corbicula consists of moderately-sized freshwater clams native to the temperate/tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia and contains some of the most common and successful aquatic invasive species. Corbicula, or Asian clams, was first recorded in North America nearly 90 years ago. Since then, it has spread throughout the United States, though Mexico, and into South America. The Midwest has long been recognized as having only Corbicula fluminea.  However, in 2008, a tentative second species, Corbicula largilllierti, began appearing in the navigable rivers in Illinois. Then, in 2015, a third Corbulid species was discovered in the Illinois River. Given the substantial ecological and economic impacts of invasive Corbicula, rapid detection, identification, and adaptive management development is critical in attenuating spread and, ultimately, minimizing the environmental and economic damage. This seminar will summarize the Corbicula work being conducted in Illinois, including what we know about the newest Corbicula invaders, sampling Corbicula via environmental DNA (eDNA), and a proposed study in a river basin recently colonized by Corbicula.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or