- Colton Morris from Arkansas Tech University received third place in the Suttkus Best Student Poster Presentation at the 2023 Southeastern Fishes Council meeting for his research on the Highland Darter.
- His research focused on the microhabitat use of the Highland Darter in the Illinois Bayou watershed of Arkansas, under the guidance of Dr. Kyler Hecke, ATU assistant professor of fisheries science.
- ATU offers undergraduate research grants program in the study of fisheries and wildlife science. Learn more at www.atu.edu/biosciences/fishwildlife/index.php.
This weekend at the 2023 Southeastern Fishes Council Meeting in Tofido, ATU senior Colton Morris took home third place for his research on the Highland Darter.
The Highland Darter, a small fish native to the streams of the southeastern United States, is known for its vibrant colors and unique behaviors. Morris’ research focused on the life cycle and habitat preferences of the Highland Darter, shedding light on the species’ conservation needs.
Morris, a biology major at ATU, has been conducting research on the Highland Darter for the past two years under the guidance of Dr. Samantha Johnson, a professor of aquatic ecology at the university.
“I’m incredibly proud of Colton and the hard work he put into this research project,” said Dr. Johnson. “His findings are important for the conservation of the Highland Darter and will contribute to our understanding of the species’ ecology and behavior.”
The Southeastern Fishes Council Meeting brings together researchers, conservationists, and fish enthusiasts from across the region to share their latest findings and discuss ways to protect and preserve the diverse fish species found in the Southeast.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers at the Southeastern Fishes Council Meeting,” said Morris. “I hope that my research will contribute to the conservation efforts for the Highland Darter and other native fish species in the region.”
Morris’ third-place finish is a testament to the quality of research being conducted by students at ATU and highlights the university’s commitment to hands-on learning and scientific discovery. Congratulations to Colton Morris on this impressive achievement!