Human+Nature Blog

Blogger: Marielle Peschiera: Master's student

I am part of the first cohorts of graduate students participating in the MSU and University of Puerto Rico partnership. MSU in coordination with UPR fund Puerto Rican graduate students to take classes at MSU and conduct research in Puerto Rico on issues relevant to environmental assessment and management of the Island’s resources. Here at Michigan State University, I am part of the Center for System Integration and Sustainability in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Blogger: Abigail Lynch: PhD student

Resilient fisheries, resilient ecosystems, resilient communities. The term “resilience” has such a positive connotation that I find that it is often sprinkled among research interests, objectives and outcomes like cayenne pepper in a spicy chili recipe. A pinch of resilience here, a dash of sustainability there. Until recently, I took that as the recipe for a well-managed fishery. Until recently, I took the definition of resilience for granted.

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Blogger: Kelsey Schlee: Master's student

My nervousness about delivering my first scientific presentation had been ramping up for months prior to our departure for Russia. Not only was this a new experience for me, but I would be speaking to a group of very specialized and experienced charr researchers about the very beginnings of my master’s project. It was my hope that they could help provide some insight for my own research and help steer me down the best scientific path.

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Blogger: Abigail Lynch: PhD student

As difficult as it is for me to present a scientific presentation, I cannot fully comprehend what it must be like to present in another language. We did, however, have a bit of a window into the difficulties of communicating across language barriers this week at Институт Биологии Внутренних Вод (Institute of Biology of Inland Waters) in Borok, Russia.

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Blogger: Abigail Lynch: PhD student

For those outside of the field, studying one genus of fishes seems like a very narrow discipline.  But, for the organizers of the seven international charr symposiums, there was not enough collaboration and information shared even amongst these charr scientists.  So, they decided to hold symposiums every three years to keep apprised of each other’s work. The geneticists can learn from the management biologists, the stock assessment modeler can learn from the morphologist.

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The migration patterns of CSIS graduate students and visiting scholars are shifting to autumnal academic mode, with some indigent species departing for new habitats, and new individuals building nests.

In descending order of seniority (roughly):

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Blogger (in Spanish): Miriam Toro-Rosarioone of 23 MSU students in the Demmer Scholar Washington, DC, program, a senior-level class in natural resources policy thatmeets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources.

 

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Blogger: Brooke Merrill, one of 23 MSU students in the Demmer Scholar Washington, DC, program, a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources.

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Blogger: Brooke Merrill, one of 23 MSU students in the Demmer Scholar Washington, DC, program, a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources.

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Blogger (in Spanish): Miriam Toro-Rosarioone of 23 MSU students in the Demmer Scholar Washington, DC, program, a senior-level class in natural resources policy thatmeets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources.

 

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