Jan Fenske was the first female Fisheries Biologist and District Fisheries Biologist in the history of the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Through her trailblazing efforts, Jan changed the workplace culture within the Fisheries Division. Her strong character, confidence, and commitment to aquatic resource management allowed her to overcome obstacles and prejudices and become one of the most successful and appreciated fisheries biologists within the DNR. Paving the way for equality, Jan was a selfless mentor to future generations of fisheries professionals. The Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship honors Jan’s legacy. The program is now in its sixth year and has supported eleven graduate students.
Meet the Fellows!