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Science and the Environment

The Hellbender: An Original Member of the Ozarks Community

Dr. Alicia Mathis
Missouri State University

Alicia Mathis knows her salamanders, and why shouldn’t she? She and her group in the Biology department at Missouri State University have been studying the creatures for over two decades.

In her visit with us, she talks about the place of aquatic fauna in our ecosystem and how they can be an important indicator of ecological health. In addition, she discusses specific aspects of the Hellbenders physiology and how we can work to preserve its place in our Ozark streams and waterways.