August/September 2014

duck track iconNote from the Department Head 

Department Head, Susan M GalatowitschDear FWCB Alumni, Friends, Students, and Staff—

In many ways the end of summer isn't something most of us look forward to--we may not be ready for shorter days, colder weather and more hectic schedules.  But just when we've slapped one too many mosquitos, tolerated another few days of high humidity and wondered why we ate all those cheese curds at the fair---fall sounds pretty good:  crisp days, fall colors, and a new set of outdoor activities.  For FWCB, add to that list of fall “plusses” the arrival of new undergraduates and graduate students. They've decided to embark on conservation careers and a big step in achieving that will be what they learn and experience at the University of Minnesota as part of the FWCB community.

To successfully launch these careers, our new students will need a combination of great courses and meaningful experiences beyond the classroom. Their education needs to give them the capacity to be successful throughout the decades-long arcs of their careers. It's helpful (and motivating) for FWCB students to envision how all of the individual 'bits' of their academic program can add up to something that matters in the 'real world.' Interacting with seasoned professionals and hearing their stories is one of the best ways for students to get a sense of how to make the most of their time at the University.  Early this fall (October 6-7), FWCB is looking forward to hosting two highly accomplished professionals: our first FWCB Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Jerry Cegelske, and our 16th Kolshorn Lecturer, Dr. Stephen Cooke.  I'm hoping that many of our undergraduates and graduates will gain new insights into his/her own professional potential by interacting with Jerry and Stephen. You can learn more about Dr. Cooke's accomplishments on his Carleton University (Canada) web page. I'll introduce Mr. Cegelske here:

Jerry is a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Special Agent whose career spanned 28 years, ten states, and four countries. He began working as an agent months after receiving his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota in 1974. As a special agent, Jerry investigated illegal harvest of marine mammals, marine fisheries, raptors and grizzly bears. He ran the wildlife evidence morgue after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. As part of Aid to International Development (AID) programs, he worked with wildlife managers in Russia to develop approaches for combating tiger poaching, assessed the feasibility of establishing a national park in Russia, and in Ecuador, developed training programs for rangers responsible for protecting marine resources of the Galapagos Islands. His work included covert operations, complex investigations, developing inter-cultural education programs and training rangers in several parts of the world. Since retiring from his first career, Jerry has served as Code Enforcement Officer for Ketchikan, Alaska and led numerous community service projects related to coastal conservation and education.

We all have a lifelong need for learning and inspiration. FWCB's Kolshorn Lecture/Awards Ceremony and reception is a great time for everyone to come to campus, connect with current and former students and faculty, and interact with our guests. The details of these events are provided in this newsletter.

So, add the annual FWCB Kolshorn Lecture/Awards Ceremony to your list of reasons to look forward to fall!

Hope to see you at the Kolshorn--

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Sue Galatowitsch
FWCB Department Head  


photo of Dr. Steven Cooke

The 2014 Kolshorn Lecture and FWCB Awards Ceremony will be held October 6, 2014 on the St. Paul Campus, 33 McNeal Hall (4-6 PM). This year’s lecture is “The Science of Catch-and-Release Fishing,” to be presented by Dr. Steven Cooke. Dr. Cooke is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), in the field of fish ecology and conservation physiology.  The Awards Ceremony will begin at 4 PM and the lecture at 5 PM.  A reception follows in the Fireside Room, 274 McNeal Hall.

Dr. Cooke is also giving a research talk, “Physiology, Behavior, Social Science and Conservation: Solving Freshwater Fish and Turtle By-Catch Problems through Mechanistic, Integrated Research,” on October 7 at 11:30 AM in the St. Paul Student Center Cherrywood Room.  Both lectures, the awards ceremony and the reception are open to the public.  Please visit our website for more information about the Kolshorn Lecture Series.

FWCB needs more professional mentors! Last year, 158 students were matched with alumni and professionals in Minnesota, across the country and abroad. The CFANS Mentor Program connects students with mentors who help them with career exploration and provide students with an opportunity to network and enhance their professional skills. Applications are now available for the 2014-15 school year, and we are hoping to connect more alumni and friends with current FWCB students! Learn more.  If you have any questions about being a mentor for a FWCB student, contact Sue Galatowitsch (, 612-624-3242). Please sign up by September 19.

duck track iconALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

photo of Mr. Jerry Cegelske

Mr. Jerry Cegelske (’74, Wildlife) has been selected as the first recipient of the FWCB Distinguished Alumni Award.  Jerry served as FWS Law Enforcement Special Agent, playing a pivotal role in many anti-poaching operations, training agents in other countries, and working with subsistence communities to develop sustainable harvest practices . Jerry will be presented with his award at the Kolshorn Event on October 6.

Dr. Don Pereira (’92, PhD, Fisheries) has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.  Dr. Donald L. Pereira is Chief of the Section of Fisheries at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2013. He has held various positions at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1983, including Fisheries Research and Policy Manager, Fisheries Research Program Supervisor, and Senior Fisheries Research Biologist.


photo of Dr. Ray Newman

Dr. Ray Newman was recently featured on KSTP TV explaining why preventing spread of aquatic invasive species is crucial, although difficult. He highlighted steps boaters should take to avoid moving species like water milfoil and zebra mussels between lakes. Click here to read Dr. Newman’s news story.


photo of Grace Loppnow

Grace Loppnow (PhD student) has been selected as the 2014 Waters Fellow. Advised by Dr. Paul Venturelli, Grace uses computer simulations and field experiments to test a new method for controlling smallmouth and largemouth bass in places where they are considered invasive.

duck track iconGIVING

To build the research capacity in forest wildlife FWCB is creating an endowment to support a graduate student working in this important area. We don’t have a lot of time –about 2 years -- to raise enough money ($500,000) so that the new Forest Wildlife Chair has continuous support for a graduate student. Given the rate of forest change in Minnesota there are many reasons to feel a sense of urgency.

To contribute to this endowment, or to FWCB in other ways, please contact Sue Galatowitsch (612-624-3242,, FWCB Head or Cynthia Cashman (612-624-7489, in the CFANS Development office.

Your gift really can make a difference!

photo of student releasing a turtle into Lake Itasca

Who is more surprised? - Summer Field Session, Itasca 2014