AgBioResearch scientist leads MSU team honored for work to save fish habitat

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MSU AgBioResearch, Dana InfanteA collaborative team of researchers from Michigan State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was honored for their work to protect, enhance and restore fish habitat in both freshwater and marine systems of the United States.

The MSU Inland Assessment Team received the 2011 Scientific Achievement Award in Support of Fish Habitat Conservation from the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) Board. The group is led by Dana Infante, AgBioResearch scientist and MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife.

The NFHAP Board is a group of the nation’s leading authorities on aquatic conservation. It honored leaders in aquatic resources conservation at the third annual National Fish Habitat Awards ceremony on April 15 at the Jim Range National Casting Call in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

Award recipients selected from nominations submitted by the hundreds of organizations that make up the National Fish Habitat Partners Coalition and Fish Habitat Partnerships have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to fish habitat conservation, science and education to help resolve the nation’s most significant fisheries problems.

One of NFHAP’s objectives included performing a nationwide, landscape-scale assessment to evaluate the degree to which processes that influence fish habitats—connectivity, hydrology, water quality, material transport, energy flow, and geomorphology – may be affected.

MSU members of the Inland Assessment Team are: Peter Esselman, post-doctoral researcher; William Taylor, university distinguished professor in global fisheries sustainability and AgBioResearch scientist; Arthur Cooper, fisheries and wildlife graduate student and GIS specialist; Ralph Tingley, fisheries and wildlife graduate student; Daniel Wieferich, researcher technologist and GIS specialist; Jacqueline Fenner, fisheries and wildlife graduate student; Darren Thornburgh, fisheries and wildlife doctoral student; Jared Ross, fisheries and wildlife graduate student; and Infante. Lizhu Wang, director of the Institute for Fisheries Research at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is also a team member.

Photo: MSU AgBioResearch scientist, Dana Infante

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