NANFA-- Conservation Research Grant Awarded

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 30 Mar 2001 16:34:59 -0500

The winner of NANFA's first Conservation Research Grant is Jean Krejca, a
doctoral student at the University of Texas in Dean Hendrickson's lab. Jean
will use the $1000 award this summer to investigate the biology of a rare
species of blind cave catfish, Prietella phreatophila. This catfish has a
very limited range in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. The water supply of the
caves the fish is found in are threatened by the expansion of neighboring
cities and coal mines. To investigate this fish, Jean and others in her
research group will SCUBA dive in the cave stream systems to observe this
fish and collect data on its life history. As a stipulation for the award
Jean will write an account of her field work in American Currents in about a

I want to thank the other members of the Conservation Research Grant
committee: Gerald Binczik, Gene Helfman and Mark Binkley. We received 14
proposals which were all interesting ideas, and deciding a winner was not an
easy decision. We plan on making this an annual award by NANFA. The next
deadline will be next January for proposals.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

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