The Great Lakes FST workshop will introduce participants to the intriguing study of fisheries science and will explore careers in fisheries ecology, management, and conservation.
At the workshop, we will present a diverse group of participants with the foundational elements of fisheries ecology, management, and modeling in a manner that is engaging and accessible, regardless of the students' ecological and quantitative background. We will explore how aquatic ecology and quantitative methods can be integrated and used to solve fisheries management problems. Finally, we will provide a robust view of careers in fisheries science and guidance on how to advance and become more confident and qualified when applying for both graduate and employment opportunities.
The workshop will take place Saturday, July 30, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022, in Ohio. Students must attend the entire program.
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Saturday, July 30, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022. Students must attend the entire program.
- The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Columbus, Ohio: July 30 - 31
- Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, Huron, Ohio: July 31
- The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island, Ohio: July 31 - August 5
All expenses will be paid for admitted participants, including all travel costs, field trips, lodging, and meals while at the workshop. A $250 stipend will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop to help cover any additional expenses incurred due to participation in the workshop.
Any undergraduate (with at least one year of college credit and no graduate school experience) or recently graduated student (with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 graduation date) who has an interest in learning more about fisheries ecology and the quantitative tools used to inform fisheries management should apply. Applicants do not need extensive experience in quantitative methods or fisheries science to apply for and receive a spot in the workshop.
The workshop will consist of 8 days of a rich assortment of activities from hands-on modeling and laboratory sessions to field trips to professional development activities.
- Community Building Activities will create a sense of camaraderie among workshop participants
- Field Excursions and Lab-based Fisheries Skills Sessions will allow students to experience life on the water and demonstrate how fisheries assessment data are collected
- Knowledge Sessions will introduce foundational elements of fisheries ecology, management and modeling
- Hands on Modeling Labs will explore ways to address contemporary fishery science problems
- Career Showcases will exhibit professions in fisheries research, management, and conservation, and will provide advice on how to access those careers
- Professional Development Sessions will bolster fundamental scientific and communication skills
Fisheries scientists seek to understand and sustainably manage recreational and commercial fisheries. Effectively managing fisheries requires a workforce that is skilled in both fisheries ecology and associated quantitative methods.
Fishery scientists with cross-disciplinary training are especially valuable today, as most aquatic ecosystems are threatened by one or more forms of human-driven environmental change like climate change, nutrient pollution, exploitation, invasive species, or land modification.
As the field of fisheries science continues to move towards ecosystem-based management, the need has increased for more engagement between managers and an increasingly broad range of stakeholders. In turn, the need for a fisheries science workforce that is diverse (racially, ethnically, economically, and gender-diverse) has also increased.
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