O-fish-al Art Recap: An Ode to E

On Twitter, the #SundayFishSketch has brought together a community of individuals that love to sketch fish. The hashtag caught the eye of a father with a young a son, who goes by ‘E’ online, with an insatiable curiosity for all things related to fish and aquatic life. Not only is E’s thirst for knowledge unquenchable,…

This week: Scientific Communication Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you with #SciComm, whether you are starting your first research project, finishing up your second post-doc, or just getting your feet wet in the natural resources workforce.

Biopesticides: a potential solution to healthier aquatic ecosystems

By: Dana Sackett, PhD Aquatic environments are frequently the eventual, albeit-it often unintentional, receptacle for pollutants released by human activities.  While the adage ‘it always rolls downhill’ is meant to be facetious, in practice, wastewater effluent discharge, stormwater run-off, and agricultural runoff (including pesticides) do wash downstream into our aquatic ecosystems.  Aquatic organisms are also…

Back to school for academics in fisheries

Today is the first day of school at universities across the country, and even though some people have successfully adjusted their lives to the rules of our new world, more adjustments seem like a guarantee, which can be a significant source of stress. The point of this article is not to exacerbate anyone’s anxiety but…

O-fish-al Art Recap

The #SundayFishSketch is a hashtag that encourages like-minded individuals to incorporate art and fish into their weekly lives. Not only is it a great community to join for beginning sketchers, but it also acts as reminder to even the most seasoned of artists to continue practicing their craft. Many of the #SundayFishSketch themes are fun…

How conserving biodiversity may help prevent the next pandemic

By: Dana Sackett, PhD Given the unprecedented times we are in and that most with an interest in fish biology also have an interest in ecology and nature, I decided to take some liberties in this week’s The Fisheries Blog article.  So please bear with me while I diverge from our typical fisheries-centered topics and…

A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Lining

Here’s a riddle: What has rivers without water? Forests without trees? Roads without cars? All maps are treasure maps when you’re in pursuit of wild and native sportfish. Many anglers take great satisfaction in leafing through a gazetteer, and tracing their finger over the “blue lines” (rivers and streams) until they reach an access point,…

A Glimpse at the Faces Behind Scientific Illustrations

The fields of art and the sciences are intimately combined. The detailed illustrations by artists and scientists, that back up years worth of scientific research describing new species, anatomy and behavior, complex processes, and new technologies, make a huge impact on the transfer of knowledge and understanding of these systems to interested parties. As an…

Machine learning for fishes

Developments in technology have been a game changer for wildlife and fisheries research, conservation, and management. Specifically, advances in the utility and accessibility of unmanned aerial systems (drones) have made great strides in data collection.

O-fish-al Art Recap: High Art Edition

A long time ago, in the far off land of social media, the Getty Museum issued a challenge to the countless isolated people of the world. Their summons was simple, “re-create your favorite art using objects and people lying around your home.” This activity was inspired by the instagram account ‘Between Art and Quarantine’ (@tussenkunstenquarantaine)…

Sick fish: social distancing may help them too

By: Dana Sackett, PhD Here at The Fisheries Blog our current situation begs the questions: can fish be infected with viruses too?  The answer is a resounding yes.  But before we get into the details, let’s first describe what a virus is and how it is different from other pathogens (things that cause disease), such…