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Evolution happens. Sometimes it happens fast. And that can have important consequences for fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. In this episode Eric Palkovacs talks about his work on eco-evolutionary dynamics in fisheries everywhere from Connecticut to New Zealand. If you want to get in touch with Eric you can reach him at: epalkova@ucsc.edu and you c…
 
This week Zach catches up with Nick Kramer to hear about some of the projects he has been working in in Kansas. They discuss a project Nick completed looking at blood glucose of Blue Catfish and how it was affected by differing livewell conditions, a survey of Kansas anglers regarding their experience and opinions towards Common Carp angling, and s…
 
This week Kadie chats with Dr. Hayley Glassic. Hayley is a fisheries biologist for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center where her research focuses on the potential for remote sensing data to inform the prioritization and restoration of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout habitat. Hayley recently received her doctorate from Montana State University where…
 
In this episode, Anders Halverson talks to Dr. Brian Healy about the conservation of native fishes in Grand Canyon National Park. Although big dams like Glen Canyon have profoundly changed the Colorado River, native fishes like the humpback chub have managed to hang on in some of its tributaries. Now Brian and others are trying to expand their tenu…
 
Listen to hear all about MyCatch: an app that hosts catch, photo, release fishing tournaments to generate data for use by fisheries scientists. Zach talks with Sean Simmons, founder and president of MyCatch and Angler's Atlas, about how MyCatch works, and how the data can be used by fisheries biologists and managers. They also discuss several upcom…
 
Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist and PhD Candidate in Biology at Florida International University studying great hammerhead sharks. She uses biologgers, or animal-mounted data collecting devices, to record acceleration, speed, depth, and more, which helps us understand shark energy needs and movement patterns. Prior to working in Florida, she rec…
 
This week Kadie chats with Dr. Jilda Alicia Caccavo. Jilda is a marine biologist from Europe who uses a variety of techniques including genomics and otolith microchemistry to study Antarctic toothfish. Throughout the episode, Kadie and Jilda chat about her path from a neurobiology program to her current career in marine biology, why Jilda chose to …
 
A few decades ago, lake trout invaded Yellowstone Lake, wreaking havoc with the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and the other species that depended on them. In this episode Drew MacDonald discusses this problem and his research on methods for suppressing the invaders. If you want to get in touch with Drew you can reach him at: drew.j.macdonald.1…
 
This week, Zach talks to Nick Coleman - a master's student in Dr. Dave Secor's lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - about his research on Atlantic Sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay. Nick is using a variety of acoustic methods to estimate abundance and fine-scale habitat usage of these incredible endangered fish. Also di…
 
This week Kadie catches up with Troy Smith, a recent University of Montana graduate and the new Kootenai white sturgeon Research Biologist for Idaho Fish and Game. Throughout the conversation, we cover Troy's career path from being a freelance writer to his current work as a fisheries biologist, his master's research on migratory westslope cutthroa…
 
Harmful algal blooms, lionfish invasions, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the Gulf of Mexico's small demersal reef fishes are ecologically important species facing numerous anthropogenic threats. University of Florida PhD student Justin Lewis is using tissue stable isotopes to infer their trophic relationships (you are what you eat) and an ecosys…
 
Metallica. Strobe lights. Bubble walls. . . In this episode Anders Halverson goes clubbing with talks to Dr. Paul Bzonek about his work on non-physical fish-deterrents. Specifically, we discuss efforts to keep various species of carp from invading the Great Lakes and other waters. If you want to get in touch with Paul you can reach him at: https://…
 
Did you know that fish blink? Perhaps even for some of the same reasons that humans do! Tune in to this week's episode to hear Zach talk with Drs. Brett Aiello and Tom Stewart about their recent project studying blinking behaviors in Mudskippers. They go into detail about the functional morphology and evolutionary biology of this fascinating and un…
 
Dr. Ambrose Jearld Jr. led an incredibly successful career in fisheries science and academic programming, and worked in predominantly white spaces for most of his life. Co-host Dr. Lian Guo spoke with Ambrose about his barriers and successes in building a career while Black, while working to further diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Please …
 
This week Kadie chats with Taylor Preul-Stimetz, a master's student at Montana State University. Taylor's research is working to identify phenotypic traits that predict the survival, growth, and reproductive performance of wild-origin westslope cutthroat trout reared in a conservation hatchery near the Flathead River, MT. Kadie and Taylor talk abou…
 
Growling gurnards, drumming piranhas, calling toadfish – Did you know fish are one of the largest groups of sound-producing animals and have the greatest variety of specialized organs to make sounds? Tune in to hear Audrey Looby, a Ph.D. student with the University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Department and Nature Coast Biological Sta…
 
In this episode, Dawson talks with recent Arkansas Tech Fish and Wildlife Graduate Alyssa Mostrom. They talk about her undergraduate study, her experience as president of the Arkansas Tech Fish and Wildlife Society, the importance of mental as a college student, and more! Alyssa's email: alyssa.mostrom@yahoo.com Dawson's email: dawsonhicks586@gmail…
 
Dr. Emma Lundberg and Dr. Caroline Gottschalk Druschke talk to Anders Halverson about interdisciplinary approaches to river restoration and fisheries management in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. If you'd like to get in touch with Dr. Lundberg you can reach her at erlundberg@wisc.edu and follow her on twitter @erlundberg If you'd like to get in touch w…
 
Tune in to this week's episode to learn about all things Flatfish. Zach talks with Dylan Kiene, a PhD student at the University of South Alabama and Graduate Assistant in the Fisheries Ecology Lab at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, about his research on Southern Flounder movement, spawning dynamics, and the potential impacts of climate change on their popu…
 
This week Kadie interviews Calum Pritchard, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. They chat about Calum's path from the University of Plymouth for his bachelor's and master's degrees to his current work with Scottish wrasse, an important, but data limited commercial fishery for salmon farms, differences between graduate school in…
 
Tune in to hear Liam Kehoe discuss his master's research at the University of Florida (UF) to improve the management of Florida's stone crab fishery – one of the state's most valuable. He is leveraging bioeconomic and population dynamics models to provide managers with the right quantitative tools. This project is part of a collaborative effort bet…
 
On this episode, Anders Halverson talks to Dr. Joe Anderson of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife about fish restoration in the Elwha River, the site of one of the biggest and most significant dam removal projects in the United States. Since the dams were removed in 2014, salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and other fish have recolonized an…
 
In this week’s episode, Zach catches up with good friend and fellow Virginia Tech graduate, Stephen Stang. Stephen is a freshwater fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and current master’s student at the University of Florida. They discuss his master’s research on Gulf Coast Striped Bass in the Florida Panh…
 
For this week's episode of The Fisheries Podcast, co-host Mirella Leis chats with guest Dr. María Andrée López Gómez about some of the challenges and opportunities to recruitment, training and retention in small-scale fisheries, and the factors that have facilitated or prevented people from entering, staying and thriving as fish harvesters. Main po…
 
This week, Kadie chats with Savanah Leidholt. Savanah is a PhD student in the Vega-Thurber lab at Oregon State University where she is studying the role of viruses in marine fishes. We cover Savanah's career path to date, her current research studying the causal agents of Puffy Snout Syndrome in captive tunas and mackerels, her science outreach wor…
 
Aaron Bunch (co-host) emphasizes that inclusion can happen now—in an instant—with genuine positive communication directed at someone who has a different identity than you. A person feeling included really comes down to an individual having a sense of belonging and value within a group of people. Over the past year as hosts of the Fisheries Diversit…
 
This week Hannah catches up with Claire Pelletier, a master's candidate in the Scharf Lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, about her research on non-native flathead catfish diet, movement, and reproduction in the Cape Fear River. Hannah and Claire discuss her past research on black sea bass blood gas levels post-capture, their mutual…
 
This week, Zach chats with Danielle Orrell (she/her), who is a PhD candidate at the University of Windsor studying marine food web dynamics and the movement of fish in the nearshore environment surrounding Ascension Island. Also discussed is her experience studying fish movement and ecology in some incredibly different parts of the world such as th…
 
For this week's episode of The Fisheries Podcast, co-host Mirella Leis chats with guest Felippe Abbatepaulo about a social enterprise that is making waves in southern Brazil. 'Olha o Peixe' is changing the way we consume fish, benefitting small-scale fishing communities while also inspiring others to do the same. Main point: Fishing better is not f…
 
This week Hannah catches up with fellow University of Florida Ph.D. student, Adam Searles. A fourth generation Floridian from Brevard County, he decided to study marine ecology to solve the environmental issues plaguing the Indian River Lagoon system. Adam shares his dissertation research identifying the mechanisms driving community-level differenc…
 
This week, Kadie chats with Dr. Michael Quist, an Assistant Unit Leader with the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho. Throughout this conversation, we talk about how Mike got interested in research, his path from Idaho to Kansas and back, tips on …
 
In this episode, Dawson Hicks and Anthony Zenga have a conversation with Kyler Hecke, a visiting professor of fisheries science at Arkansas Tech University. Kyler talks about the awesome darter species he has worked with, his career in academia, the importance of small fish species, and more! Get in touch with us! The Fisheries Podcast is on Facebo…
 
In this episode Anders Halverson talks to Dr. Jennifer Gumm about efforts to conserve the Devils Hole pupfish. These remarkable fish live only in one small cave in the middle of the Mojave Desert--perhaps the smallest range of any vertebrate in the world. As one of the first species listed under the Endangered Species Act, these fish have faced thr…
 
On this new episode of The Fisheries Podcast, co-host Mirella Leis speaks with guest Dr. Yinji Li about the launch of Girls Who Fish Japan, a sister program to Girls Who Fish Canada that aims to bring girls and women into fisheries! Main point: Women’s participation is essential for securing small-scale fisheries sustainability. Dr. Yinji Li is a m…
 
In this week's episode, Zach Crum talks with Zach Moran about his PhD research at Baylor University studying Longnose and Alligator Gar ecology in the Brazos River, Texas. Also discussed is Zach's undergraduate research at Virginia Tech using DNA Barcoding to identify Blue Catfish stomach contents as well as his master's work investigating Blue Cat…
 
Cassidy Miles (co-host; She/Her) embarks on a topic that is often misunderstood. Dig in and find out why. Podcast guest, Dr. Jason DeBoer (He/Him) of the Illinois Natural History Survey joins in the conversation. The article we reference in the episode is found here: https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-real…
 
This week Kadie chats with Matea Djokic. Matea is a PhD student at the University of California Irvine, where she is studying the gut microbiome of three silverside fish species. Throughout the episode we talk about Matea's path from a psychology degree to fisheries work in South Dakota, her master's research with pallid sturgeon, to her current po…
 
This week Hannah catches up with Sasha Pereira, who is currently working as a Fisheries Technician with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, about her interdisciplinary interests in aquatic community ecology, equity in science and environmental education, and environmental justice. Hannah and Sasha discuss her diverse research e…
 
About this Episode Co-host Anders Halverson talks with Dr. Kevin Rogers about efforts to save the Greenback Cutthroat Trout on Colorado’s Eastern Slope. Think of it as story the producers of CSI Miami would write, if they were fortunate enough to be fisheries biologists. There’s extinction (or maybe not?). There’s resurrection (twice!). Just when y…
 
Deon Kerr (co-host) dives into an important topic when it comes to equality in fisheries. Financial barriers are real. Financial disparities can be a primary deterrent to entering the fisheries profession. Dr. Brian Sidlauskas, associate professor and curator of fishes at Oregon State University, joins the conversation and brings in examples of how…
 
This week, Zach talks with Tim Bonvechio about his path in becoming a Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as some of the projects he has been involved with during his career. Tim specializes in fisheries management and population dynamics and in this episode he goes into detail about some of the amaz…
 
How can we reconcile conservation and fisheries? On this new episode of The Fisheries Podcast, co-host Mirella Leis speaks with guest Dr. Ana Carolina Esteves Dias about the importance of including fishers in the conversation about environmental governance if we are to move together towards a viable and sustainable future. Ana Carolina is a postdoc…
 
In this episode, Kadie interviews Carmen Ritter. Carmen is a biological technician for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where she works on a variety of coastal marine ecosystem projects. Kadie and Carmen chat about how a semester long sailing trip led Carmen to change her career trajectory from computer science to ocean conservation, h…
 
In this Part 2 of 2 series, multiple co-hosts team up to lead a discussion as we continue the conversation with Dr. Ivan Arismendi. Students, faculty, and guests within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University sit in on this unique podcast episode. Students ask some great questions and Dr. Todd Petty (Dept. He…
 
This week Hannah catches up with Chloe Mikles, a doctoral student at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, about her current research on Atlantic bluefin tuna migration and behavior and her diverse past projects. Hannah and Chloe discuss getting started in a research career, learning from fishermen, finding your passion, and incredible blue…
 
In this week’s episode, Dawson and Jacob interview Anthony Zenga- a graduate student from Arkansas Tech University. We will talk about Anthony’s time at the University of Maine, his work at a fish hatchery in Alaska, and what he plans to do after graduation. Anthony’s email: azenga@atu.edu Get in touch with us! The Fisheries Podcast is on Facebook,…
 
What does feminism have to do with fisheries? Our guest Dr. Christine Knott uses feminism as a lens to look through inequities in our society that are reflected in the way we relate to each other, to nature and also to fisheries resources. Feminist theories gives us a conceptual tool to better understand these social and environmental inequities in…
 
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) established a career achievement award, named after the first female AFS president, Dr. Emmeline Moore (1927-1928), to recognize efforts of an individual member in the promotion of demographic diversity in the Society. In 2020, Dr. Ivan Arismendi of Oregon State University won this prestigious award at the AFS V…
 
In this episode fisheries biologist Sean Luis talks about his career in fisheries and his current research on Pacific salmon and ecohydraulics. Main Point: It's always worth investing resources in developing new methods If you would like to reach Sean: smluis@ucdavis.eduhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-m-luis/ Get in touch with us! The Fisheries Po…
 
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