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NETTING ATLANTICS – Lake Superior State University student Brianne Lunn untangles a female Atlantic salmon in front of LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Lunn and 12 fellow student workers are catching the fish to harvest and fertilize upwards of 70,000 eggs that will hatch during New Year's. Staff will start feeding the brood by February, with fingerlings seeing release in June 2010. Lunn is a senior in fisheries and wildlife management from Bellaire, Mich.

Fisheries and Wildlife Management programs place 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.

Brianne Lunn is a senior majoring in fisheries and wildlife management. After Lake State, she wants to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate, and then become a university professor.

"I have been hunting and fishing with my dad since I was a little girl," she says.

"There aren’t many schools that offer a fisheries and wildlife bachelor’s degree. Lake Superior State not only offers it, but also has an excellent reputation in the field."

Brianne enjoys the personal attention that Lake State offers over larger schools.

"You know your professors by their first names," she says. "Students at LSSU must conduct a senior research project. I worked on mine with Professor Geoff Steinhart this past summer at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, where we monitored the nests of smallmouth bass."

Brianne's senior thesis lets her create and run an academic project from start to finish. This year, she will present her work to LSSU faculty and her peers. She will even have a chance to present her findings at science conferences.













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