10 Lessons Learned From Writing a Book About Fish

Guest Authors: Corbin D. Hilling, Derek A. Wheaton, and Donald J. Orth Editor: Patrick Cooney We are impatiently awaiting the September 24, 2019 release of the Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia.  We’d rather not admit when we first began thinking about this field guide, because we grossly underestimated how much work this little…

Repeat Spawner Series: How Many Species of Black Bass?

I was out on the bayou (Louisiana) with graduate students today, collecting fishes for one of their projects. We were targeting Spotted Gars, but ran into an unusual abundance of Largemouth Bass. This got me thinking about “the most popular sport fish” in the USA: the Black Basses. Although many anglers and fish enthusiasts are…

Repeat spawner series: “Winter: the forgotten study season”

At the Fisheries Blog, we’re starting a new series of posts, once a month, where we bring back “oldie but goodie” posts from our now extensive archive. Rest assured, these “repeat spawner” posts, smell a whole lot better than that leftover fish you found in the fridge from two weeks ago!

Choosing the right graduate program

by Bryan Bozeman, guest author I emailed at least 100 professors in my hunt for a grad position…and received less than 20 responses. Half of those were out-of-office emails, several others were ‘thanks-but-no-thanks’, and a few showed actual interest. I was fortunate to have three opportunities, and ended up selecting one that has been an…

Moms: The True Livebearers of Fisheries Research

We share photos and stories of women who conduct research while simultaneously creating and sustaining brand new human beings. We highlight some of these inspiring scientists to demonstrate that not only is Mom-ing in Science doable, but it is also fun and rewarding!

Gila Trout: A Native Trout Conservation Story

Plip. That’s the sound of a barbless beadhead nymph falling into a glassy glide of Mineral Creek, a headwater stream of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.  There’s a short drift over a stony run, barely time to mend your line. Then follows that transmutation of fish flesh to your forearm—the taut tug of…

Clearly, the coolest fish in the sea

With its clear head and large green eyes, the Barreleye looks like an alien with a glass bulb on its head out of a sci-fi film…why does a fish need a transparent head?