Hammond nets Fenske Fellowship

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Marissa Hammond, a master's student, will be gaining hands on experience in studying lake whitefish in the Upper Great Lakes with the help the Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship. She was awarded the one-year fellowship this week, which provides $5,000 and a sharp focus on mentoring. Hammond will work with Michigan Department of Natural Resources fish biologists Dave Caroffino and Randy Claramunt exploring the uncertainties that surround lake whitefish recruitment and their subsequent management.

The fellowship, administered by the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, was named for Jan Fenske, the first female biologist for the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and an MSU graduate. During her 27 years of service, her love of the environment compelled her to work untiringly for the long-term protection and sustainable use of the State’s aquatic resources.

Hammond will study lake whitefish population ecology, their recruitment dynamics and their management as well as how management agencies function, and will also allow her to collaborate with state, federal, and tribal agencies in order to become familiar with the Great Lakes Basin.

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