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"Lake Superior State University really did give me a great education. LSSU competes not only in the Midwest but Nationally as well."

Jennifer Johnson '08
LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Mgmt graduate

Currently enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Georgia

Fisheries and Wildlife Management

Serious Work by Serious Students

Fisheries and Wildlife Management is a great field of study and Lake Superior State University is a great place to study it. Our program offers a number of unique advantages for undergraduate students.

In the Field Learning

Fisheries and Wildlife Management program (offered by the Biology Department) places a strong emphasis on understanding the relationship between organisms and their habitats by blending a conceptual understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and population dynamics with practical skills obtained during laboratory and field exercises. Students graduating from this rigorous, applied curriculum can meet the qualifications of state and federal natural resource management agencies as technicians and biologists.

"As a transfer student, I couldn't believe the number of hands-on experiences I've received at Lake State. During the three years I spent at a larger state university, I never had the opportunity to participate in an outdoor lab. Within a couple of weeks at Lake State, I was taking trips with my lab groups and collecting data from local lakes, streams and forests. Not only were these lab experiences more enjoyable, they gave me the opportunity to use techniques and equipment that are used by professionals in the field.

Prior to my time at Lake State, my professors rarely learned students' names and my classes often felt impersonal. I didn't realize how important that faculty interaction could be until I spent a few weeks here. The personal attention is motivating, often pushing me to work harder than I would have otherwise."

--Benjamin Turschak
Akron, Michigan

Awards for being the Best!

Two LSSU students receive awards from American Fisheries Society (Michigan Chapter)

Scott Collins, a biology major from Watton, Mich., received recognition for "Best Student Paper" for his research on the effects of salmon on stream food webs, which he presented at the conference. Ryan Namespetra, a fisheries and wildlife major from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., received "Best Student Poster" for his poster presentation of his work on repellants that might be used in managing sea lamprey.

In addition, the LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club was recognized at the meeting with the Michigan AFS "Student Sub-Unit of the Year" award

"These awards are terrific honors, especially considering that graduate students from several larger universities also gave presentations on their graduate research at this meeting," said LSSU Biology Professor Ashley Moerke Ph.D., who organized the campus conference with Geoff Steinhart Ph.D.

2009 Student Sub-Unit of the YearThe 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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Student Research...

Suttons Bay, Michigan

Nick conducted a fish population survey in the rapids of the St. Mary's river, just east of the International Bridge that connects the US and Canada. He determined fish timing and their use of the rapids by collecting samples throughout the summer and fall of 2009, using a screw trap on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Steimel found that many different species are not only in the rapids, but spawn there as well. His research helps determine the diversity of fish as well when their use of spawning habitat is at its highest in that section of the river.

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