FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Martha Wilson
(Tampa, FL) August 23, 2017 – Dr. Yushun Chen received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions of time and energy for special projects or activities by AFS members.
“We applaud the distinguished service of Dr. Chen and thank him for his continuous efforts to enhance member experiences with AFS,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.
Dr. Chen was specifically recognized for personal investment in helping AFS members establish new connections and relationships to expand the scope and effect of AFS. He has expanded understanding of AFS throughout the world, making the World Council of Fisheries Societies more effective. Dr. Chen has also expanded Chinese understanding of AFS and its collaboration with the China Fisheries Society.
Currently, Dr. Chen and his lab are conducting fish and aquatic communities, water quality, and aquatic ecosystems health research in the Yangtze River basin, and Basins along the Eastern Route of China’s South to North Water Diversion Project. They are also working on Mississippi-Yangtze Large River Basins aquatic resources conservation and restorations through international collaborations.
From 2010-2014 Dr. Chen worked as an assistant professor in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Here, Dr. Chen led a research lab on water quality and aquatic communities, and conducted multiple research projects.
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About AFS: Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.