Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three profiles of UW Sea Grant’s 2015 NOAA Knauss Marine Policy Fellows.
By Aaron R. Conklin
Given that even her advisor has trouble keeping up with Caroline Mosley, Washington DC may want to think about preparing itself.
Mosley, a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS), was recently tabbed as one of three University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellows for 2015. Beginning in February, she’ll spend 12 months working in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Executive branch.
It’s an honor Mosley has worked hard to earn. For the last two years, she’s been helping Harvey Bootsma, an associate professor with SFS, with his research on the effects aquatic invasive species are having on Lake Michigan’ ecosystem.
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By Aaron R. Conklin
Next week, UW Sea Grant fisheries outreach specialist Titus Seilheimer travels to historic Quebec City, there to attend the 144th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society. The event’s website features the tagline, “Prepare to be amazed!”
Seilheimer definitely is.
“It’s a fun meeting to go to,” he said. “Just to get that much fisheries information in a single week is incredible. It’s where new research ideas come from.”
Seilheimer will be exposed to all that information, and he’ll also be doing a little exposing himself. He’s on the docket for the conference’s final day, to present his abstract “Differing Perceptions of Research Needs and Impacts of Asian Carp on the Great Lakes.”
Part of the project represents a compilation of all the current Asian Carp research going on in the Great Lakes region, paired with a discussion of key research gaps that still need attention. This project was done with other Great Lakes Sea Grant programs. Another, less-discussed part deals with anglers’ and coastal residents’ perceptions of the voracious invasive fish, and how those impressions compare to that of researchers. In at least one case, the gap will be gigantic: “We actually spoke to a fisherman who claimed never to have heard of the Asian carp.”
That’s obviously not the case for the attendees of AFS 2014. Seilheimer expects Asian carp to be a major topic of discussion, as the threat of a carp invasion continues to grow in the Great Lakes region and beyond. He’s hoping his abstract can begin a discussion that improves education and outreach on this critical issue.
He’s also looking forward to meeting the people who handle the fisheries-related Twitter accounts, people he’s been interacting with in the social-media universe on an almost daily basis.
“I’ve never been to a place like Quebec City before,” said Seilheimer, who’s been a card-carrying member of the AFS since 2003. “Hopefully, my complete lack of French won’t be an issue.”
Look for photos social-media updates from Seilheimer all next week. You can follow him on Twitter at @DrFishSG.