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Patricia R Ries

Patty Ries holds a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science and a M.S. in Aquatic Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Patty’s research interests focus on invertebrate ecology, specifically conservation and restoration of native freshwater mussels. Native freshwater mussels are a guild of filter-feeding bivalves currently facing worldwide declines. Patty uses a combination of comparative and experimental approaches to understand factors affecting the relative health of freshwater mussels and their distribution and abundance in large river systems.