The Fenske Fellowship: professional growth, personal inspiration, and a fisheries legacy

Author(s):

Andrew K. Carlson, Troy G. Zorn, William W. Taylor 

Journal or Book Title: FW Spotlight

Volume/Issue: 13

Year Published: 2017

Abstract:

Janice Lee Fenske is regarded as one of the finest fisheries biologists ever employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Jan was Michigan’s first female fisheries biologist, serving for 27 years in a variety of professional roles. Her unwavering passion for the environment and compassion for her friends and colleagues stand as a shining example of personal and professional success in fisheries. Known for her work ethic and can-do attitude, Jan was dedicated to mentoring future fisheries professionals and conservation stewards within and outside the MDNR. Jan passed away in 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer, but her legacy lives on. The Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship (Fenske Fellowship) honors Jan’s legacy by providing financial support for a fisheries student to engage in a rich university-agency mentoring experience in fisheries management. I was fortunate to receive the 2015-2016 Fenske Fellowship to assist with the design and completion of a research project focused on the human dimensions of fisheries. In particular, I worked with Dr. Troy Zorn (MDNR) and Dr. Bill Taylor (Michigan State University), my Ph.D. advisor, to evaluate the attitudes, behaviors, and demographics of Michigan’s inland trout anglers.

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