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Tuesday, January 26 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
More Than a Century of Fisheries Research at The University of Michigan

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AUTHORS: James S. Diana, University of Michigan

ABSTRACT: The University of Michigan (established in Ann Arbor in 1837) included zoology as a subject of importance from its founding through the Museum of Zoology. A focus on fishes began seriously by hiring Jacob Reighard (1886) as director. Carl Hubbs (1921) as curator of fishes, earnestly set ichthyology on its path in Michigan and the world, collecting over 2.1 million fish for the museum and producing over 300 publications on fish systematics. Faculty, such as Reeve Bailey, Robert Miller, and Gerald Smith kept the focus of ichthyology strong at Michigan, and they worked collaboratively with the state by establishing the Institute for Fisheries Research in 1935. Great Lakes research was also an important focus, beginning with Reighard and continuing through limnologists Paul Welch (1935) and David Chandler (1943). The Great Lakes Research Institute was established in 1945 and continued under various names through the present. In addition to Great Lakes efforts, the University was one of the founders of fisheries and aquatic sciences education, including Welch publishing an influential text on limnology, Karl Lagler the first textbook on fisheries science and one on ichthyology, John Bardach on aquaculture, David Allan on stream ecology, and many other examples. Today, this effort focuses in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, in addition to Michigan Sea Grant, the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research, the Graham Sustainability Institute and its Water Center, and the Institute for Fisheries Research. The early influence of the University of Michigan in the fisheries field is demonstrated by the many government labs and activities that developed from UM programs, including the Great Lakes Science Center (USGS) and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (NOAA). The University is currently trying to reinvigorate this focus on aquatic sciences, including a stronger overall program with federal and state agencies.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 4:40pm - 5:00pm EST
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