FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Martha Wilson
(Tampa, FL) August 23, 2017 – Shannon White, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Tyler Wagner of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Pennsylvania State University, received the award for the Student Writing Contest 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 Student Writing Contest Award is presented to the student whose paper displays the highest quality and ability to turn a scientific research topic into a paper for the general public.
“We applaud this distinguished contribution of Shannon White and thank her for her efforts to research fishery topics,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.
Shannon is using telemetry and genetics to explore her research question of: “why do some trout travel miles and miles, while others never leave home?” Her paper, “In Brook Trout, Sometimes the Risk is Worth the Reward”, explored this question and individual variation in brook trout behavior.
Shannon has a masters degree from Virginia Tech and is currently supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
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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.