2020 Mississippi Water Resources Conference

The 2019 Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI) annual conference promises to be an exciting event. This year’s event will be held in Jackson, MS, March 31 - April 1, 2020 and will be the water conference in Mississippi that you will not want to miss. We hope you will attend. Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and posters.


Abstracts may relate to any water related topic and they should contain 200-400 words. Submit your abstract to Jessie Schmidt (jessie.schmidt@msstate.edu) by Friday, January 11, 2020. Authors agree to present their paper, and pay the conference registration fee should their abstract be accepted. Authors who cancel attendance after March 1, 2019 will be responsible for payment of the registration fee. Papers/posters presented at the conference will be published in the Proceedings. The registration fee of $275.00 will cover all conference activities. The full-time student registration fee is $100.00 . A special one-day registration will be available for Tuesday, March 31. The one-day registration fee is $150 or $30 for students.

Manuscripts will be the sole responsibility of the authors as the MWRRI does not edit manuscripts for the Proceedings. Authors will be expected to adhere to guidelines for proceedings and submit papers prior to the established deadlines. The proceedings timetable and guidelines will be provided at a later date.


The conference will be held at the Jackson Hilton, in Jackson MS. Reservations may be made by phoning 1-888-263-0524. Mention group code WATER4 to receive the special group rate.

Agenda (2019)

DAY 1: April 2 (Tuesday)
7:30-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Imperial Hall - Salon B
8:00-8:30 am Opening Plenary - LaDon Swann, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Salon A
8:30-8:45 am Break – Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon B
8:45-10:25 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
10:25-10:40 am Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
10:40-12:00 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
12:00-1:20 pm Lunch and Plenary Speaker - Jeff Johnson, Director, Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University Salon B
1:30-2:50 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
3:00-3:20 pm Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
3:25-5:05 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
5:30-7:00 pm Student Poster Competition & Welcome Reception Salons A & B
DAY 2: April 3 (Wednesday)
7:30-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Imperial Hall - Salon B
8:00-9:20 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
9:20-9:30 am Break – Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon B
9:30-10:50 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
10:50-11:00 am Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
11:00-12:20 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
12:20-1:35 pm Lunch and Student Awards - Speakers - Wade Kress - U.S. Geological Survey
Topic: Hidden complexity of the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley aquifer illuminated like never before using regional-scale airborne geophysics
Salon A
1:45-2:30 pm MWRRI Advisory Board Meeting Port Gibson Boardroom - Penthouse
Student Posters
  • Mohammed Al Otmi
    Mississippi State University
    Experimental Study of the Performance of the N, N'-di (carboxymethyl) dithicarbamate Chelating Resin in Removing Heavy Metals from Oilfield Waste Water
  • Meredith Brock
    Mississippi State University
    A Geospatial Inventory of Surface Water for Irrigation in the Big Sunflower River Watershed
  • Corey Bryant
    Mississippi State University
    Characterization of Runoff Water Quality from Established BMP Soybean Production Systems
  • Lucas Glisson
    University of Alabama
    Bottom-up Effects of Leaf Litter Conditioning on Snail Physiological Rates
  • Yiwen Han
    China Agriculture University
    The Spatiotemporal Variation of Groundwater Level and Response to Landuse Change in the Big Sunflower River Watershed
  • Hashindra Herath
    University of Mississippi
    Iron-precipitation in Mississippi Streams from Discharge of Iron-rich Groundwater: Characterization and Modeling
  • Jane Kunberger
    University of Alabama
    Investigating Variables Which Could Affect Unionid Abundance and Biodiversity
  • Yizhuo Li
    Auburn University
    Systematic Water Use Efficiency in Maize-Soybean Rotations: The Impact from Climate Change and Cover Crops
  • Yuanyuan Li
    Shaanxi Province, China
    Increase in Plant Available Water Holding Capacity of Soils Amended by Biochar
  • Audrey McCrary
    Mississippi State University
    Assessing the Environmental and Educational Value of an Agricultural Stream Restoration
  • Taten Palmer
    Mississippi State University
    Control of Chinese Privet as a Part of the Water Resources Management Plan for the Redbud-Catalpa Creek Watershed
  • Austin Scircle
    University of Mississippi
    "One pot" Method for Collection and Preparation of Microplastic Samples for Detection and Characterization Purposes
  • Moniba Shabbir
    Mississippi State University
    DSS based BMPs Effectiveness Impacts and Evaluation of Water Quality at Yazoo River Sub Basin
  • Dave Spencer
    Mississippi State University
    Runoff and Transportation in Conservation Management Systems Under Simulated Rainfall
  • Brian van Ee
    University of Alabama
    Determining Ecosystem Function and Thermal Thresholds of Freshwater Mussels
  • Samantha Wacaster
    University of Mississippi
    The Use of Lumped Parameter Modeling to Determine Groundwater Age of the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer
Professional Posters
  • James Cizdziel
    University of Mississippi
    Microplastics in the Mississippi River System
  • David Lang
    Mississippi State University
    Establishment of a Riparian Buffer Along the Constructed Levees of Catalpa Creek
  • Xiaofei Li
    Mississippi State University
    Estimating the Optimal Water Requirement for Soybean Production in the State of Mississippi
  • Eric Stevens
    Characterizing Phosphorus Fractionation in Delta Soils