Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski, assistant director of research for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University, has been elected president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
“I have been fortunate to participate in the American Fisheries Society through student chapters, state chapters, and the parent society. These experiences have enriched my education, provided an outlet for my research, and facilitated new relationships with fisheries professionals. So it is a tremendous honor to be able to give back,” said Dr. Kapuscinski.
He will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past-president. The chapter was founded in 1973 and counts about 400 members from state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, universities, and the private sector; it is one of 54 local chapters across North America. The objectives of the chapter are to provide a forum about fishery issues, increase awareness of aquatic resource problems, and encourage networking.
Dr. Kapuscinski also is an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at LSSU, teaching in the fisheries and wildlife management program. He has worked with state, federal, and Native American agencies to secure almost $5 million in research funding and mentor more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students, resulting in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.
His responsibilities further include advancing the forthcoming cutting-edge $14 million Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education facility scheduled to open in August.
“One of my goals is to host an in-person chapter meeting in 2022 that is both safe and engaging,” he said. “I also plan to increase opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with fisheries professionals and to promote continuing education opportunities for learners at all career stages.”
“LSSU’s core values include excellence in teaching and stewardship, and Dr. Kapuscinski’s election as president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society speak to them,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney L. Hanley. “His accomplishments as a teacher, practitioner, and scholar are an inspiration to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and, as this honor suggests, to the discipline.”