53rd Annual Meeting

Mississippi River Research Consortium
Radisson Hotel
La Crosse, Wisconsin

April 20-22, 2022

DATES: The 53rd meeting of the Mississippi River Research Consortium will be held April 20-22, 2022. The meeting will begin with the registration table opening at 4:00pm Wednesday, April 20th at the Radisson Center Ballroom in La Crosse, WI followed by the Welcoming Address at 6:00pm.


Proceedings for 2022 Consortium

Available Now!


Nominee for Consortium Vice President

Kathi Jo Jankowski


Nominee for Consortium Secretary

Jeremy King


Proposed Revisions to Consortium Bylaws

These revisions will be discussed and addressed during the 2022 Annual Meeting


REGISTRATION: All attendes or those wishing to simply pay their annual dues need to visit the online registration page:

2022 Registration Information

ABSTRACTS: Individuals wishing to present a poster or an oral presentation must also submit an abstract:

2022 Call for Abstracts

STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS: As many as six student travel scholarships ($200 each) are available for the 2022 conference.

2022 Student Travel Scholarship Information

LOCATION: The meeting will be held at the Radisson Center Ballroom, 300 Front St. South, La Crosse, WI, 54601.  The Radisson Center Ballroom and the Radisson Hotel are located in the heart of historic downtown La Crosse and overlooks the scenic Mississippi River.  Featured in the hotel are a restaurant, lounge, and indoor pool/whirlpool.

LODGING:  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Second Street South, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI, 54601, for the nights of April 20-21, 2022, at a state government rate of $96.00 for single occupancy or $116.00 for double occupancy per night plus taxes (13.5%) if reservations are made by April 1, 2022.  The Radisson Hotel telephone number is 608-784-6680.  Please mention that you are with the Mississippi River Research Consortium.

AWARDS: Judging for the Best Paper and Best Poster Awards will take place for student presentations only.  If you are willing to serve as a judge, please indicate during your registration.



2022 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rob Colombo

Rob Colombo Ph.D. is the Professor of Fisheries Ecology, Director of the Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Coordinator of the Environmental Biology program and Eastern Illinois University. His research focuses on the anthropogenic impacts on lotic fish communities. As an undergraduate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry he had his first opportunity to study riverine fisheries biology assessing the population demographics of the Lake Sturgeon in the St. Lawrence River. After graduating ESF, he worked for LMS Engineering studying fish communities in the lower Hudson River Estuary. In 1998 he moved to Chicago where he was the quarantine aquarist at the John G. Shedd Aquarium.
In 2001 he began his graduate career at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Under the direction of Drs. James Garvey and Roy Heidinger, he assessed the reproductive demographics and early life history of Shovelnose Sturgeon in the Mississippi for his Master of Sciences and the demographics and ecological role of catfishes in the Wabash River for his Ph.D.
Upon completion of his Ph.D. he became a faculty member in the SIU school of Medicine teaching histology, endocrinology, and embryology. He was awarded faculty of the year both of his two years at SIU. In 2009 he began as an Associate Professor of Fisheries Ecology at Eastern Illinois University. At EIU, Dr. Colombo’s research has focused on various aspects of lotic fish ecology from invasive species to dam removal to habitat restoration. Since starting at EIU he has secured more than $4 million dollars in funding and his students, and he have published more 40 peer reviewed papers in various fisheries and zoological journals.
Dr. Colombo is most proud of his graduate students’ successes. Since 2009, more than 30 different students have successfully defended their masters’ theses Dr. Colombo’s fisheries lab. Additionally, his students have been tremendously successful securing more than $50,000 in grants, scholarships, and awards.

In his free time, Dr. Colombo spends time with his wife Julia and their three Beagles. He is an avid cyclist logging more than 8,000 miles a year commuting to EIU daily and competing in gravel races. He enjoys upland hunting as well as clay shooting sports. Finally, he has been brewing beer for more than a decade using classic Bavarian techniques all of his beers are named after the songs of the best band of all time the Grateful Dead.