Study in Turkey gets extra credit for collaboration

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Turkish newspaper

CSIS’s own Bill Taylor delivered an invited presentation on fisheries sustainability to a group of academics and students at a seminar of the Faculty of Fisheries at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, on June 13. A group of MSU students participated in the study abroad program Environmental Science and Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin which was led by Taylor and joined by MSU professors Norm Graham and Eric Petrie.

At the seminar several faculty from Ege presented research topics pertaining to Turkey’s fisheries resources and environment. The seminars and MSU’s visit were publicized on the university website and in the local newspaper.

While in Turkey, Taylor also took the opportunity to discuss areas for collaboration with various colleagues, such as Vahdet Ãœnal of Ege University, related to development of a book Taylor is working on with Graham that focuses on small-scale fisheries and water resources in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Ãœnal also invited Taylor to serve as an associate editor of the Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, published by Ege University Press.

The five-week study abroad program also allowed MSU students to visit historic sites and learn from a variety of colleagues in places like Turkey’s capitol city of Ankara (at Middle Eastern Technical University), Bodrum, Lake Baka, the Greek Island of Lesvos, and at Koc University near Istanbul.

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