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Durham presented Wilks Award for oral presentation

Bart Durham, a research assistant in Texas Tech University’s Department of Natural Resources Management, received the 2007 Wilks Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists in April during their annual meeting at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. 

The Wilks Award, established in 1964, is presented to the student giving the best oral presentation at the association’s annual meeting.

New Paradigm. The honor was given for Durham’s presentation, “The Influence of Stream-discharge on the Reproductive Success of Great Plains Cyprinids:  Is It Time for a New Paradigm?” which investigated possible relationships between levels of stream discharge and reproductive condition of small fishes called shiners.

Durham’s research focused on two species of shiners which live in the Brazos River in Texas. Because many species of shiners are threatened or endangered, this research has broad implications. 

Conservation Efforts. His research indicated that instead of ensuring proper discharge conditions for spawning, conservation efforts for these shiners should focus on creating conditions that increase survival of young.

The Southwestern Association of Naturalists is an international association of scientists, educators, and students founded in 1953 to promote the field study of plants and animals – living and fossil – in the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.


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