Dear FWCB Alumni, Friends, Students and Staff--
Of course, honoring one of our alumni each year and celebrating his or her extraordinary accomplishments culminates in the annual award ceremony. I am pleased to announce that Dr. John J. Magnuson is FWCB’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. For more than a half century, Dr. Magnuson has been a pioneer and field-shaping aquatic ecologist whose work has had significant policy implications. He is an international authority on the ecology of freshwater lakes and their role in landscape level ecosystems.
John received a B.S. in 1956 and a MS in 1958 in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Following his PhD from the University of British Columbia, he joined the University of Wisconsin Zoology faculty in 1968, where he served for 32 years. John and his research team— including an astounding 108 MS and PhD students – were highly productive and influential, publishing more than 350 scientific papers. John’s research advanced our knowledge of climate change and variability, community ecology and invasions and extinctions, crayfish ecology, fish behavior and ecology, fisheries science and management, lake ice, landscapes and oceanscapes, limnology and pollution ecology, long-term ecological research, thermal ecology of fishes, tuna biology and ecology, and winter ecology of fishes. Dr. Magnuson spearheaded long-term research on lakes for twenty years. He served in many key leadership positions including founding director of the UW’s Center of Limnology, director of the ecology program at the National Science Foundation, president of the American Fisheries Society, and Chair of the National Academy of Science Committees addressing marine fisheries and biodiversity. His pioneering leadership as the first co-chair of the “Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts” and as a lead for aquatic assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been central to linking aquatic science to policy-making over the past decade.
Dr. Magnuson’s visionary leadership and science have earned him many accolades, including a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We are honored to present him with our alumni award this year and welcome him back to campus.
Please join us in September—we look forward to seeing many FWCB alumni, friends, students, staff and faculty at the lecture and reception. It’s a great time to renew friendships and reconnect with the FWCB community.
Dr. Fortin will also give a research seminar on September 19 at 11:00 am in 335 Borlaug Hall, “Connectivity for conservation in fragmented landscapes.“ Both lectures, the awards ceremony, and the reception are open to the public. More information about the Kolshorn events can be found on the FWCB website.
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s (MAISRC) Fourth Annual Research and Management Showcase is Wednesday, September 13, 8:30-5:00 pm, Saint Paul Campus. The showcase will include talks about the latest MAISRC research on starry stonewort, zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, invasive carp, harmful fish diseases, and much more. Participants can also tour the newly renovated AIS Lab and Holding Facility to see research projects in action, and enjoy a poster session reception. Space is limited and registration is required.
PhD student John Berini recently published a paper in BMC Ecology, “Diet segregation in American bison in Yellowstone National Park.” The paper was featured on the BMC Series blog which highlights “high-impact, thought-provoking research.” In the blog post John and his co-author Catherine Badgley discuss how differences in diet can cause male and female bison to become spatially segregated during certain times of the year.
FWCB also welcomes five new Adjunct Assistant Professors: Dr. Gretchen Hansen, Dr. Tara Harris, Dr. Amy Schrank, Dr. Seth Stapleton, and Dr. Dawn Tanner. Learn more about them on the FWCB website.
FWCB aquatic invasive species researchers, Dr. Nick Phelps (Assistant Professor and Director), Dr. Mike McCartney (Research Assistant Professor), and Dr. Sophie Mallez (Postdoc) were featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune series exploring the search for solutions to Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species: Part 1: How the zebra mussel scourge spread across Minnesota and Part 2: Meet the scientists working to stop spread of zebra mussels. These features by Tony Kennedy highlight the “cutting edge” research of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.
Michelle Vohs (’17) is an intern working with pandas in Bifengxia, Sichuan, China for PDX Wildlife. She provides support for the captive breeding program. Follow Michelle's adventures!
|Because of generous donations from FWCB alumni and friends, we were able, for the first time, to offer scholarships for the FWCB Summer Field Session to all students who requested financial assistance. The 3-week session is essential to the professional development of FWCB students but covering the costs of attending is challenging for many.
Thanks to all of those who have supported FWCB scholarships, fellowships, and the Kolshorn Lecture. Your support truly makes a difference and provides opportunities that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. We’re looking forward to the upcoming FWCB Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony and recognizing our Distinguished Alumni Award winner. We hope you’ll consider supporting important events like this, which are key to the vitality of the FWCB community --alumni and friends, students, staff and faculty.
A special thanks to our supporters who annually support FWCB with contributions that support our students and our research—you are making a difference!