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B.S. Fisheries Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Ryan's research will synthesize the historical relationship among minority communities and urban fishing, explore cultural and environmental myths, as well as determine the constraints preventing African Americans and other minorities from participating in angling activities. Ryan's research will analyze cultural differences and identify problems in an effort to begin bridging the gap between minority communities and urban fishing.
Ryan Fletcher grew up in Charleston, SC and Decatur, GA. As an African American graduate student in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department, Ryan often receives mixed reactions regarding his career choice. Friends, family members and acquaintances have a variety of opinions ranging from intriguing to amazement, but the fact is that the majority have no concept of fisheries as a field of study or as a profession.
Assess the dynamics of under-served minority groups in urban fishing.
American Fisheries Society, Black Graduate Student Association, Alliance for Graduate Education & Professoriate, Graduate Students for Animals