Hello! My name is Katie and I am a Master’s student in the fisheries and wildlife department at Michigan State University. I studied fisheries and wildlife here at MSU for my undergrad and traveled to Northern Michigan, Utah, and Alaska for summer fisheries positions. For my thesis work I am analyzing diets of predators in Lake Huron to determine spatial patterns and temporal trends in diet composition and how it has changed in the past 10 years.
I am honored to have received the Fenske Fellowship this year and am excited to be working with Dr. Brian Roth of MSU and Dr. Dave Fielder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. I will be working to document past methods and data sources behind predator stocking equivalents in the Great Lakes. This review will help to identify data gaps, ensure a rigorous standard is held, and aid dialogue and debate between managers and stakeholders about whether or not stocking equivalents should be used when managing fisheries.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you on this blog and hope you enjoy!