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Tuesday, January 26 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Contributions To Fishery Science From Those At Michigan Technological University

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AUTHORS: Nancy A. Auer*, Michigan Technological University

ABSTRACT: Michigan Technological University (MTU) is fortunate to be located on Lake Superior with the surrounding regions hold an array of diverse and near-pristine habitats. The lake and its tributaries support remnant, self-sustaining populations of fish, some commercially sought, such as lake trout, lake sturgeon, lake whitefish, and brook trout. Rich natural food supplies for fish remain as well, including the amphipod Diporeia. However the MTU location does have a legacy of copper mining since the 1840s and the land and waterscapes in some areas still reflect the earlier mining, dredging, dumping and scarring, leading to the need for restoration. Since the University was originally a ‘School of Mines’ and emphasized engineering, fish and fishery science were not developed but that changed in 1970 when Dr. Thomas Wright came to the Department of Biological Sciences and supported students working on fish studies. Dr. Stephen Bowen came to MTU in 1978 and the program in fish biology expanded. More recent and current investigators who continue to build the aquatic and fish focus include Drs. Nancy Auer, Casey Huckins, and Charles Kerfoot in Biological Sciences, and Dr. Amy Shrank in School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Over the past 20 years large databases were built with research on such species as lake sturgeon and Diporeia populations in Lake Superior (N. Auer), and Coaster brook trout, and other trout species (C. Huckins). Dr. Auer has also recently worked with Limno Tech. and the Electric Power Research Institute to convert the 1982 Identification of larval fishes of the Great Lakes basin with emphasis on the Lake Michigan drainage to a web-based, publicly available source in 2015. Individual histories and extent of databases for each faculty member will be expanded upon in the presentation.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 3:20pm - 3:40pm EST