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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

School of Biological Sciences

Programs > Fish Health

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fish Health prepares students for assessment of aquatic animal health in areas of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases. The degree requirements cover content in fish ecology, physiology and hatchery culture, including diseases caused by environmental stress (e.g. gas bubble disease or issues with low dissolved oxygen), as well as those caused by nutritional and mineral deficiencies. In addition, the program includes background in the microbial, viral and parasitic vectors of disease as well as the ecology of disease transmission. The program satisfies the academic requirements for American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Pathologists. The Fish Health degree combines coursework from our Medical Lab Science and Fisheries and Wildlife Management programs providing a strong foundation in fisheries and fish culture as well as microbiology, pathology, histology, and virology.  The coursework satisfies the educational requirements for certification from the American Fisheries Society’s Fish Health Section.  Students enrolled in the fish health program will complete an internship at LSSU’s Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Fish Health Lab to gain hands-on experience diagnosing fish pathogens.  As a Fish Health major you will have access to research projects and equipment normally available only to faculty and graduate students

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"A new fish health laboratory will enable Lake Superior State to share that responsibility, giving hands-on experience to candidates for the new degree. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also supports the new degree program. It will benefit fisheries and wildlife students as well as those planning to attend veterinary school."

- USA Today
February 3, 2009

Fish Health Importance to the Great Lakes
  • Recent fish disease outbreaks led to new regulations on bait fish and transporting fish for several states around the Great Lakes, including Michigan
  • Michigan temporarily halted stocking some species (e.g., walleye and northern pike) because of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)
  • Pacific salmon mortalities recorded due to Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
  • Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) is seen as an impediment to natural reproduction of lake trout and other species
  • Fish Health affects hatchery and wild populations of game and non-game fishes
  • Diseases responsible for major fish kills in Great Lakes and inland waters of Michigan (and other states)
  • New diseases (and newly discovered diseases) linked to fish kills and limit survival of native and introduced fishes

 

National Award

Fisheries and Wildlife Club

The LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club was awarded the "2009 Student Sub-Unit of the Year" from the national American Fisheries Society.

This award recognizes outstanding professionalism, active resource protection and enhancement programs, and commitment to the mission of the American Fisheries Society.

"This is the first time an all undergraduate program has received this award," said LSSU Biology Professor Ashley Moerke Ph.D.

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