Students • Young Professionals

How Does Creativity Fit into Science Communication

Natalie Sopinka | AFS Contributing Writer; E-mail: This article was originally published on the Canadian Science Publishing blog as part of the series “Making Waves: The Future of #Scicomm in Fisheries Sciences.” The series was spawned from the science communication session held at last year’s Annual Meeting in Portland. An introduction to the blog... Read More

STUDENT ANGLE: My Arctic Alter Ego

2015 Student Writing Contest: HONORABLE MENTION Karen M. Dunmall | As the sun slowly rises, we race across the frozen Mackenzie River Delta in a helicopter. The landscape is black and white; the twilight hoards the colours to paint the sky. We have donned our many layers of wool and feathers to ward off... Read More

STUDENT ANGLE: Winter: The Forgotten Study Season

2015 Student Writing Contest: WINNER Michelle Lavery, E-mail:   For many hydrologic regimes of the world, streams and rivers are ice covered for the majority of the year, yet minimal research is conducted during this period compared with the more “researcher-friendly” open-water water period. Without a doubt, scientific progress is hampered by the logistical... Read More

Try This! “Tweeting the Meeting”

Natalie Sopinka AFS Contributing Writer E-mail: With more than 3,500 fish and fisheries professionals converging at the Oregon Convention Center, live-tweeting is a way to connect with fellow attendees as well as those who couldn’t make it to Portland. Whether an established or novice Twitter user, try capturing your 2015 Annual Meeting experience with... Read More

Exploring the Wonders of the Arctic from a Lab Bench

Marci Trana University of Manitoba, Biological Sciences, 50 Sifton Road, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada. E-mail: Like many ecologists, I have a love of fieldwork and a passion for being witness to the ecosystems I study. The field is where I make connections and develop hypotheses to explain observations of organisms in their natural environment.... Read More

From Landlocked to Longlining: A Summer with Sharks Puts Stress into Perspective

Claire E. Robinson Department of Biology, Tennessee Technological University, 1 William L Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505. E-mail: Research experience can powerfully ignite students’ curiosity, expose them to potential career paths, and ultimately prepare them for the world of science. Unfortunately, as a biology undergraduate with a strong passion for marine science in the... Read More

Value Added by Being a Member of a Professional Society

Sean Lucey, AFS-AIFRB Liaison E-mail: Professional societies come in all shapes and sizes. They foster cooperation and communication between people who are engaged in a profession, in our case fisheries science. Some focus on specific issues, while others are broader in scope. I have the pleasure of serving as the liaison between two well-established... Read More

Fenske Fellowship: Learning the Ins and Outs of Lake Whitefish Management in the Upper Great Lakes

STUDENT ANGLE Marissa L. Hammond Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, Manly Miles Building, 1405 South Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. E-mail: The project that I worked on during my 2013-2014 Janice Lee Fenske fellowship provided me with a unique opportunity to improve our understanding and management of Lake Whitefish Coregonus... Read More