Haag receives 2023 lifetime achievement award
Wendell Haag received the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 biennial symposium in Portland, Oregon in April. The international society advocates for freshwater mussels, North America’s most imperiled animals.
Mussels are filter feeders and have a profound influence on aquatic ecosystem health. About 70% of the 300 native mussel species native to the U.S. are in danger of extinction.
The award is given every two years for contributions that have advanced the science and conservation of freshwater mollusks. Haag is best known for his 2012 book, North American freshwater mussels: Natural history, ecology, and conservation. Haag's current research focuses on causes of enigmatic mussel decline. He has also published key papers on mussel life histories, mussel propagation and restoration, and many other topics.
Some of Haag's freshwater mussel publications:
- David C. Aldridge, Isobel S. Ollard, Yulia V Bespalaya, Ivan N. Bolotov, Karel Douda, Juergen Geist, Wendell R. Haag, Michael W. Klunzinger, Manuel Lopes‐Lima, Musa C. Mlambo, Nicoletta Riccardi, Ronaldo Sousa, David L. Strayer, Santiago H. Torres, Caryn C. Vaughn, Tadeusz Zając, Alexandra Zieritz. 2023. Freshwater mussel conservation: A global horizon scan of emerging threats and opportunities
- Wendell R. Haag, James A. Stoeckel. 2021. Demographic characteristics of young-of-year freshwater mussel populations in ponds
- Wendell R. Haag, Jacob Culp, Andrea N. Drayer, Monte A. McGregor, Drew E. J. White, Steven J. Price. 2020. Abundance of an invasive bivalve, Corbicula fluminea , is negatively related to growth of freshwater mussels in the wild
- Wendell R. Haag, J. Jacob Culp, Monte A. McGregor, Robert Bringolf, James A. Stoeckel. 2019. Growth and survival of juvenile freshwater mussels in streams: Implications for understanding enigmatic mussel declines
- Wendell R. Haag. 2012. North American freshwater mussels: natural history, ecology, and conservation