About Us


The Fisheries Blog Crew 2016

The Fisheries Blog was started in 2011 by a group of professionals who are fisheries scientists by day and communicators of scientific information by night.  We write popular articles and other short fisheries-related content on our blog about the interesting topics we hear during the day.

Fish TypewriterOur expertise is demonstrated in our professional publications in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, BioScience, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Hydrobiologia, Epidemiology, Ecotoxicology, Fisheries, Environmental Biology of Fishes, The American Midland Naturalist, Urban Ecosystems, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Environmental Pollution, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, and Biology and Philosophy.

The (original) Crew

Dr. Steve Midway, Patrick Cooney, Dr. Dana Sackett, Brandon Peoples (not photoed), and Abby Lynch (not photoes)—each have diverse experiences across marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments.

Dr. Steve Midway, Patrick Cooney, Dr. Dana Sackett started The Fisheries Blog while students at North Carolina State University.

Dana Sackett, Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Sackett

Dr. Dana Sackett electrofishing in North Carolina.

Dr. Dana Sackett received her B.S. in marine biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She received her M.S. in biological oceanography and fish ecology from Rutgers University examining summer flounder habitat use and migration dynamics using acoustic telemetry. Dana completed her Ph.D. in biology with a minor in ecotoxicology at North Carolina State University exploring mercury contamination in fish across North Carolina. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii.

Patrick Cooney, M.S.


Patrick Cooney - the Fisheries Blog

Patrick Cooney fishing in Alaska.

After getting a start in marine environments, Patrick Cooney’s recent research focuses on both cold and warm freshwater systems. He received an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) in Marine Sciences from the University of Miami followed by a masters degree (Masters of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences) from the University of Florida. After completing seven years as a Research Scientist studying the impact of dams on migrating stream fish populations in Puerto Rico, he conducted research in North Carolina studying movement, survival, and feeding habits of mountain trout populations. Patrick most recently moved to the Pacific Northwest to instruct fisheries scientists on the principles of effective and safe field research, while also inventing equipment and conducting research to improve scientific fish sampling techniques. He has research experience in Australia, Mexico, Guatemala, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and 12 States in the US.

Steve Midway, Ph.D.

Steve Midway - The Fisheries Blog

Dr. Steve Midway

Steve graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Experience on Lake Champlain as a fisheries technician and with the USGS Co-op in Vermont led to an M.S. at North Carolina State University, where his research focused on an endemic, imperiled stream fish. Shortly after, Steve made the jump to marine fisheries and completed a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying population ecology of southern flounder. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University.

Brandon Peoples, Ph.D.

Brandon has done research in a variety of freshwater systems—from large rivers to tiny streams. He got his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech, where he primarily studied zebra mussels. At Virginia Tech, his master’s work focused on how urbanization effects populations of stream fishes. He was an aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for two years, focusing on a range of impacts to aquatic systems. He got his PhD from Virginia Tech in 2015, researching how general ecological models can predict interactions among communal spawning stream fishes. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, applying traits-based approaches to understanding invasive species.

Abby Lynch, Ph.D.

Abby Lynch

Abigail (Abby) Lynch is a research fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.  Working primarily in inland systems, Abby’s research examines the impacts of global change on fish at local, national, and global scales using field-collected and remotely-sensed data.  She received her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University on climate impacts to Great Lakes Lake Whitefish, M.S. in marine science on Atlantic Menhaden population genetics at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, and B.S. in biology and B.A. in English literature from the University of Virginia.  She also served as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program.  Please note that the views expressed in the Fisheries Blog are solely those of the authors who wrote them and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Geological Survey, which makes no representation on the accuracy of opinions expressed in this blog. 

2 responses to “About Us

  1. I am in a discussion where it came up that what is called Walleye in the US is called Pickerel in Canada. The other side of this argument is saying that they are two different species and bringing in Pike to this, which, with the Pike’s boniness, is clearly entirely different, certainly than Pickerel. There is a good dollar bet on the outcome. Please provide me your input. Thank you. Stu. Email: stuh4@hotmail.com

  2. Pingback: AIFRB Member Dr. Dana Sackett on Bisphenol and Zebrafish·

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