2022 Research Symposium Videos

Opening Remarks
Acting Superintendent Gregory Cunningham (Congaree National Park)


Review of Congaree National Park research
David Shelley (Congaree National Park)


Tribute to Will Graf and Rebecca Sharitz

Kimberly Meitzen (Texas State Univ, Dept of Geography and Environmental Studies)
Laura Stroup (St. Michaels Univ, Dept of Geography
Loretta Battaglia (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Dept of Life Sciences)

Session 1—Cultural History (Chair: Neal Polhemus)

Robert Greene (Claflin Univ, Dept of History): The Black history of Congaree Swamp: From the colonial era to Jim Crow

Mark Kinzer (National Park Service): Old-Growth and old fields: Historic human land use in the Congaree floodplain

Neal Polhemus (Univ of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences): Life and death on the edge of the swamp: Black farmers, White hunters, and the closure of the Congaree commons


Session 2—Hydrology (Chair: John Kupfer)

Greg Carbone (Univ of South Carolina, Dept of Geography): Historical climatology and future projections in central South Carolina
Ray Torres (Univ of South Carolina, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment): Wetting and drainage of the Congaree River floodplain
Celeste Journey (USGS, South Atlantic Water Science Center): Water quality in Congaree National Park: New technologies to track contamination


Session 3—Geomorphology (Chair: Kimberly Meitzen)

Ellen Wohl (Colorado State Univ, Dept of Geosciences): Geomorphic influences on river corridor resilience to disturbance
Allan James (Univ of SC, Dept of Geography): Legacy sediment in the New World: Theoretical and practical concerns
Enrica Viparelli (Univ of SC, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering): Measuring sediment fluxes between the Congaree River channel and its floodplain


Session 4—Ecosystems/Ecology (Chair: Loretta Battaglia)

Graeme Lockaby (Auburn Univ, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences): Biogeochemical investigations in Congaree National Park
Will Conner (Clemson Univ, Forestry and Environmental Conservation Dept): Forested wetlands dynamics across an elevation gradient within a floodplain forest of the Congaree River
Loretta Battaglia (Southern Illinois Univ, Dept of Plant Biology): Floodplain forest change along a post-Hurricane Hugo disturbance gradient


Session 5—Panel Discussion (Moderator: David Shelley)

Upcoming challenges and the future of research at Congaree National Park.
Theresa Thom (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
John Kupfer (Univ of South Carolina, Department of Geography)
Tim Watkins (National Park Service, Climate Change Response)