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Dear FWCB Alumni, Friends, Students and Staff--

Sue GalatowitschFor high school students interested in conservation and natural resources, the University of Minnesota—and FWCB in particular—is a great college choice.  One of the key strengths of the FWCB undergraduate program is our students.  They come from many locations, from many backgrounds, and with a variety of experiences that inspired them to choose a career in natural resources. This is why I’m excited to tell you about a new initiative to attract more Minnesota students to our college—and hopefully to FWCB.

The Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship is aimed at students from Greater Minnesota --they are under-represented at the University and in FWCB. Fishing and hunting are important parts of the culture of Minnesota, yet many students choose to study out of state. A key reason is finances: most of the surrounding states have lower tuition than the University of Minnesota. The new Land-Grant Legacy Scholarships will help level the financial playing field and make our stronger academic programs more accessible to Minnesota students and families.

Launching this fall and piloted by our college (CFANS), the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship will provide students $5,000 each year for four years. When fully implemented, the effort will support 100 students annually. I hope you will help get the word out so that we can recruit more students from Greater Minnesota who want to study natural resources.

This is an important opportunity to build Minnesota’s next generation of professionals. We need outstanding natural resource professionals in every county of the state—and that is more likely to happen if the students we attract to FWCB come from across Minnesota. 

The new Land-Grant Legacy scholarship program builds on other ongoing initiatives to make the University affordable for more families. These include the University of Minnesota Promise, which provides need-based scholarships to Minnesota resident undergraduates with family incomes of up to $120,000, and President's Emerging Scholars , a four-year program focused on supporting first-generation and low-income undergraduate students through enhanced professional advising, peer mentoring and engagement programs.

If you know of a high school student who is interested in natural resources and a good fit for the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship (or the other opportunities described above), please encourage them to do three things: 1) learn about the FWCB undergraduate programs (www.fwcb.cfans.umn.edu) , 2) call our very helpful admissions staff member - Casey Kuenn, 3) schedule a campus visit (CFANS visit). And let me know if they have any questions along the way.

Thanks for all you do to promote and support FWCB students….including prospective students!
Sue G.
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FWCB is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award  which is presented at the Kolshorn Lecture in the fall.  This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has attained distinction as a professional in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology or a related field, and has demonstrated outstanding achievement and/or leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. The candidate's education in FWCB should represent a significant portion of his or her total postsecondary education. Nominees cannot be a current member of faculty or staff or a sitting Regent, but retirees are eligible. This award may recognize an individual posthumously. FWCB is accepting nominations online until May 1, 2017

The Fourth Annual Conservation Sciences Research Spotlight Fundraiser will be held April 20 2017, from 5-8 PM, at the Cargill Building on the Saint Paul Campus. Join us for an evening of Conservation Sciences research and conversation over food and drink while supporting University of Minnesota Conservation Sciences Graduate Student travel. The evening will feature a poster session, student research talks, a light dinner, and a silent auction/bake sale, all in support of student travel to present research and to build collaborations. You may RSVP using this form

The FWCB-Conservation Sciences Spring Seminar series, featuring Tribal Partners in Conservation wraps up with these three talks.   

April 21Extension Natural Resources Programs with Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Tribal Communities, Shirley Nordrum & Renee Pardello
April 28Three Sisters Gardening and Wild Rice Food Systems: Indigenous Methods of Self Governance, Diana Peterson
May 5Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Mark Bellecourt, Francis Bettelyoun, Thomas Kenote, Jessica Lackey

Seminars are Fridays at noon in 335 Borlaug. All are open to the public.

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Joshua PooleFisheries/Conservation Sciences graduate student Josh Poole received the Best Student Presentation Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the 50th Annual Meeting held in February. He presented research on Control of common carp though biocontrol and species-specific toxin delivery. Josh is advised by Dr. Przemek Bajer.

Conservation Sciences graduate students Julia Leone and Mike Verhoeven were awarded three-year Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. Julia is advised by Dr. Karen Oberhauser and studies the impacts of grazing and fire management on prairie remnants in Minnesota and assessing how these different management regimes affect native plant species richness and diversity, as well as pollinating insects (bees and butterflies). Mike is advised by Dr. Dan Larkin and is researching impacts of the invasive macroalgae, starry stonewort, on native plant diversity in Minnesota lakes and response of the invader to management actions.

Nina Hill (MS, NRSM-Wildlife) with Eric Walberg (PhD, NRSM-Wildlife) each won a graduate student Bob Fedeler Award from the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society at the annual meeting in February. The Bob Fedeler Award is presented to graduate students who have a 3.0 or better GPA, a strong interest in a career in wildlife biology, an active role in extracurricular activities, a strong sense of public service and have demonstrated good communication skills. Nina is advised by Dr. David Andersen; Eric is advised by Dr. David Fulton.

Anna Peschel (PhD, Conservation Sciences) received the Rosemary Grant Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution ($2500) and the Frank McKinney Fellowship ($2500) from the Bell Museum. She is advised by Dr. Ruth Shaw.

Megan Tomamichel (MS, Fisheries/Conservation Sciences) was award a Judd International Fellowship to travel to Chile and model fish diseases in farmed salmon. She also received a travel award from the American Fisheries Society. Megan is co-advised by Dr. Nick Phelps and Dr. Paul Venturelli.

Carli WagnerFWCB undergraduate Carli Wagner received 1st Place in the student poster contest at the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society annual meeting in Milwaukee (Feb 27-Mar 2) for her presentation “Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) remains viable following herbicide treatments in a Minnesota lake.” Carli is advised by Dr. Dan Larkin.

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Assistant Professor Dan Larkin and Extension Educator Megan Weber are spearheading the statewide rollout of the Minnesota AIS Detectors Program this summer. This is an organized statewide surveillance program that targets high-risk areas with trained observers. You can learn more about the program or register for training here.

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Terry KreegerAdjunct Professor and Alumnus, Dr. Terry Kreeger (PhD, ’88), was elected a Lifetime Honorary Member of The Wildlife Society. Honorary Memberships recognize "continuous outstanding service to any area of concern to The Wildlife Society by a TWS member who is a practicing or retired wildlife professional.” Terry was Wyoming State Wildlife Veterinarian until his retirement in 2013 and over his career served in numerous wildlife leadership positions, including President and Founder of the Wildlife Science Center (Forest Lake), Chairman of the University of Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, Panel member for the Yellowstone Brucellosis Management advisory group, and President of the Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Alumna Dr. Olivia LeDee (PhD, ‘08) has been selected by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership to receive an Award for Climate Adaptation in the Individual Category. Olivia will be recognized at the National Adaptation Forum in May for “helping to develop one of the most progressive fish and wildlife climate adaptation programs in the country and for helping to foster adaptation policy considerations among other state and federal agencies.”

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Peter JordanFWCB Emeritus Professor Peter A. Jordan passed away in St. Paul on Saturday, April 1 at the age of 87. Peter earned BS and PhD degrees in Zoology from UC Berkeley, where he was part of collecting trips to Mexico for Starker Leopold's classic “Mammals of Mexico” book. He worked as a post-doc for Durward Allen (Purdue University) researching moose and wolves at Isle Royale, which continues to this day as the longest predator-prey study in the world. After completing his post-doc, he took a faculty position at the Yale School of Forestry before settling into his faculty position at the University of Minnesota's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1974. Peter continued his work on moose foraging ecology at Isle Royale, and was perhaps most famous for his hypothesis about the role of sodium as a limiting nutrient for moose. Peter also began collaborating with other moose researchers from around the world but Sweden quickly became his home away from home, where he spent 3 different sabbaticals. Peter received the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award in 1998 to recognize his international achievements in moose research. In addition to his moose research, Peter supervised students who studied mammals in India and Morocco. He was president of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 1980. Peter officially retired from the Department in 2005 but remained active in his research and student mentoring. His keen ecological mind, his thirst for adventure, and his sense of humor will be missed by his many friends, former students, and colleagues in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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Help fund an undergraduate heading to the Cloquet/Itasca Field Session this summer. All FWCB undergraduates participate in the 3-week session to gain critical field skills and knowledge. In addition to tuition (which cannot be covered by financial aid), every student pays about $1000 to cover costs of lodging, food, transportation, and supplies. With support from Dayton Kirkham Scholarship fund, we can cover fees for 25% of students who attend, or 10 students each year. We have many more students who would benefit from financial assistance.

To contribute to FWCB, please contact Sue Galatowitsch (612-624-3242), galat001@umn.edu), FWCB Head, or Cynthia Cashman (612-624-7489, cashman@umn.edu) in the CFANS Development office. More information about making gifts to the department can be found on the FWCB website.

Thanks to everyone who supports FWCB with contributions to funds that provide scholarships, fellowships, research and lectures. Your gift truly makes a difference!

        FWCB student Ryan Keenan   Brook Lorentzen

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  • Note from the Dept. Head
  • Announcements & Events
  • Student Highlights
  • Faculty & Staff Highlights
  • Alumni Highlights
  • In Memoriam
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