Got Skillz?

By: Dana Sackett, PhD Much of my adult life has been dictated by the needs of the military (my husband’s employer), including frequent moves.  As a result, I have often had to find ways to gain and develop new skill sets to keep myself employed in the field of environmental science.  Following our most recent…

In hot water: the consequences of warming lakes, rivers, and oceans

By: Dana Sackett, PhD With the ripples of a historic election still settling in the United States, one promise from the President-elect and Vice President-elect is resonating with the scientific community more than most. The direct promise to address climate change with science-based decisions and policies. A promise that comes as the 28th major storm…

Once in a Blue Moon: How Does the Moon Affect Fish Behavior?

The next time a blue moon will occur on Halloween won’t be until 2077, so if you missed it this weekend… well. Too bad. A blue moon is the second of two full moons that occur in the same month. It’s a rare astronomical event, thus the expression, but it is part of our solar…

Spooky Fishes you Eat from the Deep Sea – Halloween Special

When you think of fisheries, aquaculture, and the fish you eat, whether it be freshwater or marine, there are certain fishes that come to mind. You may think walleye, tilapia, and hake, or salmon, tuna, and cod. You may even be able to form images in your mind of what these fishes look like, and…

To Hells Canyon and Back: Conducting Fisheries Science with a Disability

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and I encourage each of you to challenge any preconceived notions you have, see, or hear about people with disabilities. Inclusivity and equity are more than buzzwords, and the field of fisheries conservation needs representation from all backgrounds in order to maximize its success. @sasha_piranha

When the going gets tough

…the tough plan ahead. Field biologists are often faced with grueling work in unforgiving conditions. Being responsible for planning that work can be daunting, especially for new grad students or crew leads who may not have as much leadership experience. The following article was written by Eli Lamb, who is a second year grad student,…

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…