Before the end of last year, Paul Simonin, a PhD candidate in Natural Resources at Cornell, was featured in an article published by the Seattle Times. Simonin is a fisheries ecologist, and recently did work in rural Indonesia to learn more about small-scale coral reef fishing in various communities there. Simonin not only had a research role within the project; he had also helped facilitate the trip for the Seattle Times to come to Thailand. The project itself looked as fun as it was informative! To read more about Simonin and his project, click the following link!
On Friday, January 11, Lars Rudstam, Pat Sullivan, and Paul Simonin led a workshop focused on rainbow smelt and alewife dynamics in Lake Champlain. Rainbow smelt are native to this lake, but alewife became established over the past six years, raising many questions as to how the lake’s ecology and fisheries may subsequently change. A simulation model was used at the workshop which allowed participants to consider the effect of alewife on rainbow smelt, and how various biophysical changes in the lake may affect the future distribution and abundance of rainbow smelt and alewife in Champlain.