Great Lakes Fisheries Science Training Workshop for Undergraduates
Effectively managing and sustaining the nation’s valued recreational and commercial fisheries requires a diverse workforce that is skilled in both fisheries ecology and quantitative methods. The need exists to ensure that our next generation of fishery scientists has a strong foundation in ecology, is well-versed in quantitative modeling, and perhaps most importantly, has the capacity to understand how to use these skillsets to ask and answer the questions most vital to ensuring fisheries and ecosystem sustainability. The long-term goal of the project is to promote the recruitment of a diverse group of ecologically-oriented and quantitatively-skilled undergraduate students into fisheries graduate programs and eventually into fisheries science, management, or conservation as a career. The workshop will consist of knowledge sessions, hands-on modeling laboratories, field excursions and lab-based fisheries skills sessions, interactive professional development sessions, and career showcases.
Our Associates will lead the design and implementation of the program evaluation. Efforts throughout webinar and workshop development and the student recruitment process will be assessed and culminate with pre- and post-surveys of undergraduate participants. These surveys will evaluate student reactions and behaviors. The results will help inform future workshops and/or recruitment activities centered on increasing attitudes towards quantitative methods and fisheries science.