December/January 2019

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Dear FWCB Alumni, Friends, Students and Staff--

Our holiday season officially started on November 15—Give to the Max Day (GTTMD). That’s Minnesota’s giving holiday—a 24 hour blitz to highlight the work and worth of nonprofits and schools all across Minnesota, and a day for generous people to give back what they can to the causes and organizations that mean the most to them. I am happy to report that with your support FWCB raised $2600 – surpassing our $1500 goal.  The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and Minnesota Master Naturalists—both associated with FWCB- also enjoyed successful fundraising efforts on Give to the Max Day.

The funds FWCB received will support graduate student professional travel. FWCB has more than 50 students working towards MS and PhD degrees.  All are doing research dedicated to advancing how we conserve and manage wild species.  A crucial part of their research is presenting findings as they emerge to other researchers from around the country and the world. We strive to make it possible for our graduate students to present their work at professional meetings at least once a year so that they can get feedback and develop collaborative networks. The funding to support graduate student professional travel is usually cobbled together from a variety of sources, including our graduate program. That’s why the funds raised on GTTMD are so important. They will provide partial support for about five students to attend professional meetings this year. You helped make this happen within a 24-hour period!

Our successful fundraising effort began with an anonymous challenge donation -- a promise to match $1000 in donations received on GTTMD. That prompted other generous contributions from alumni, friends and faculty. Thanks to everyone who contributed—your support matters. That is evident from the student highlights we feature in every newsletter. Our students not only attend these meetings—they shine at them—recognized for the quality of their research. Without your generosity, fewer students would have these opportunities. Thank you!

I hope the rest of your holiday season and the coming year are good ones for you, your family, and friends.

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The Conservation Science Association of Graduate Students (CSAGS) is now officially launched as a University of Minnesota student organization. The founding officers are Chair: Julia Leone, Vice-chair: Amanda Sames, Treasurer: Mike Verhoeven, Communications: Rafael Contreras-Rangel, Representative to the Natural Resources Association of Graduate Students: Jordan Pruszenski.  Associate Professor Joseph Bump and Assistant Professor Gretchen Hansen are faculty advisors for CSAGS.

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Julia Leone (CS graduate student) was awarded second prize in the Systematics, Evolution, & Biodiversity student poster competition at the 2018 joint meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia in Vancouver earlier in November for her poster, “It depends on goals: fire and grazing are both needed for prairie butterfly management.” Julia is advised by Karen Oberhauser, Adjunct Professor.

Josh Egan (CS graduate student) gave an invited presentation about his dissertation research entitled "Trophic ecology and evolution in clupeiform fishes (anchovies, herrings, and relatives)" to first-year fisheries students at Rajamangala University, Trang, Thailand on November 29, 2018.  Josh is advised by Professor Andrew Simons.

Katelin Goebel (NRSM graduate student) was selected as a finalist in the federal Presidential Management Fellows Program class of 2019.  The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Finalists are eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (PMFs). The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program in the US Government for advanced degree candidates. Katelin is advised by David Andersen, Professor and Leader of the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Adam Doll’s (CS graduate student) research on ways to reduce zebra mussel transport in boat motors was featured in this KSTP story in November. Boats are known to spread zebra mussels and other invasive species. His research is supported by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, in partnership with Tonka Bay Marina, Brunswick Boats and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Assistant Professor Laura Dee was an invited speaker in a session of Conservation Decisions at The Nature Conservancy's annual NatureNet Science Fellows Annual Meeting, held jointly with the Institute on the Environment. She presented on the effects of extreme events on conservation priorities and forests in Minnesota.

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Patty Acomb (BS ’97) was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives (District 44B) in the November 2018 elections. She worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in a variety of capacities and then for Hennepin County Environmental Services. Patty has been on the Minnetonka City Council since 2012.

Linda Xiong (BS ’18) is currently working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conducting Chinook salmon spawning surveys.

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Emeritus Professor Daniel Frenzel passed away on October 19, 2018 after a long and distinguished life. Dr. Frenzel was born in 1920 in San Antonio, Texas. He served in WWII as a Marine detached Naval Medic in the South Pacific. Upon completing his PhD, he was a faculty member in biology at Macalester College (1950-1969). For most of his career (1969 -1984), Dr. Frenzel was a Professor of Wildlife Biology at the University of Minnesota. An endowed fellowship fund honoring Dr. Frenzel and Dr.Thomas F. Waters was established in 2007. Funeral services were held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Roseville on November 10.

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Your generosity can make a big difference to our students and to our research and outreach programs. Please consider contributing to FWCB to provide opportunities for graduate students, undergraduates or to other funds that advance the research we do. To contribute to FWCB, please contact Sue Galatowitsch, FWCB Head, (612-624-3242) or Adam Nance, Chief Development Officer(612-624-7489) in the CFANS Development office. More information about making gifts to the department can be found on the FWCB website.

Winter wetland sampling—
Ami Thompson (CS grad student) and her dragonfly field crew.