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Idaho State University to host history of Snake River workshop March 24-26

Posted March 5, 2014

A workshop on the history of the Snake River will be held starting at 8 a.m. on March 24-26 at the Pocatello Red Lion Hotel.

Technical sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday, with a one-day field trip to the northern edge of the Lake Bonneville Basin March 25. The workshop is organized by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and Idaho State University, and will provide an opportunity to present and discuss research.

National speakers will discuss man-made and natural changes in the Snake River system over the past 10 million years. The meeting will bring biologists, geologists and anthropologists together to allow scientists to mix with those of different disciplines. The workshop includes presented papers, posters and discussions. The goal is to educate, share, and foster new collaborations in interdisciplinary research on late Cenozoic drainage changes and associated biotic history within the Snake River basin.

The technical sessions will consist of presentations based on the following themes and a roundtable discussion of the general topic:

(1) Geologic constraints on Miocene to Recent geologic and biogeographic history of the Snake River and its watershed.

(2) The complex history of the course of the mainstream Snake River and the associated volcanic constructs of the Snake River Plain.

(3) Biogeographic histories of regional aquatic-riparian organisms and their relationship to the evolution of the Snake River drainage.

(4) Human modification of the Snake River ecosystem and its impact on regional biogeography.

Registration is available online at A special $60 rate includes the sessions, the field trip to the Grace Fish Hatchery and dinner on Tuesday March 25. Discounted registration for the general public and students is available.

For more information, contact Paul Link at (317-3946).

The workshop proceedings are online at