Wagner Lab research on the eastern brook trout, research led by PhD student Shannon White, made its debut in the film “Expedition Chesapeake, A Journey of Discovery,”- a film developed by the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. The film premiered on Wednesday, 20 March in Harrisburg, PA. Emmy-award-winning naturalist Jeff Corwin is the guide on this journey - encouraging audiences to be active members of their communities in an effort to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. We had a great time at the premiere and hope others check it out!
Recent paper on trends in global shark attacks, with collaborators Steve Midway (LSU) and George Burgess (Univ. of Florida), is picked up by several media outlets. In addition to local news outlets, our research was highlighted by CNN, Fox News, and US News and World Reports. There is a nice story by the Star-Advertiser, a Honolulu-based daily newspaper.
Shannon White is a recipient of the 2019 Alumni Association Dissertation Award - considered to be among the most prestigious of the awards given to Penn State graduate students.
Ben was awarded the Best Student Presentation Award at the Virginia/West Virginia state chapter meeting of the American Fisheries Society for his work examining the relative roles of biotic interactions and environmental conditions in structuring stream fish communities. Ben also was awarded the Cooper Award at the Pennsylvania Chapter AFS meeting.
Congratulations, Ben! Ben will be modeling stream fish communities using hierarchical joint species distribution models. One of his overarching goals is to quantify the importance of biological vs abiotic drivers in structuring stream fish assemblages.
The National Science Foundation News highlighted our Penn State News story about introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout. Great job Shannon White for getting the message out about her important research.
Wagner lab research on introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout highlighted in Penn State News
Shannon White's research on introgression between hatchery and wild brook trout in the Loyalsock Creek Watershed has been highlighted in Penn State News (link to news article). For the full journal article, see our paper in Evolutionary Applications here.
The 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, held in Atlantic City, NJ, was a success. It was great to see old colleagues and meet new people doing great science. The Wagner Lab presented two oral presentations and two posters. See you next year in Reno, NV.
This week our research on the ecology and conservation of eastern brook trout was highlighted as part of an upcoming film - Expedition Chesapeake, A Journey of Discovery. Expedition Chesapeake examines the linkages between the millions of people that live in the watershed and the plants, fish, and wildlife that inhabit the amazing and diverse habitats of this national treasure. This film, hosted by Jeff Corwin, is set to hit the giant-screen in 2019. Thanks to Greg, Tom, and the entire film crew for a memorable day on the water.
Congratulations, Ben! Ben was awarded the Eva B. and G. Weidman Groff Memorial Scholarship from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Mark Petty Bush Memorial Scholarship in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Great job Ben and keep up the outstanding work.