Coming fresh off of the 148th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, a meeting themed on communicating to a diverse audience, it was apparent to Nick that our communication cannot truly reach a diverse audience if we aren't fully diversifying our method of outreach. He had a thought in the back of his head for a few months prior to the meeting, 'Why hasn't someone made a fisheries science podcast?' There seemed to be a podcast for every other topic, hobby, sport, or television show so why not fisheries science? After hearing some other people mention podcasts at AFS 148, and talking to some briefly about it, Nick decided to pull the trigger.
The podcast's main goal is to share the stories of the amazing people and projects that make up fisheries science. Each week we interview a different fisheries professional, asking them about their research, their focus species, and their life.
If you have a topic that you want covered or know a person that you think will be a great guest, reach out and let me know. This podcast is for you, the listeners, so tell me what you want.
In 2022, The Fisheries Podcast was fortunate enough to earn the American Fisheries Society's Excellence in Public Outreach Award. This award goes out to an AFS member(s) who goes the “extra mile” in sharing the value of fisheries science/research with the general public through the popular media and other communication channels.
About the Hosts
Kadie Heinle is a PhD student at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she is studying various threats to cutthroat trout population persistence. Kadie hails from eastern Montana and received her B.Sc. in Aquatic Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in 2019. During and after university she worked a variety of fisheries technician jobs from Michigan to Oregon before landing at Montana State University. Currently, Kadie's research interests generally focus on how natural and anthropogenic disturbances affect native fish in riverine systems. When she's not tromping through a stream or staring at her computer, Kadie enjoys spending time outside/on the water with her dog, bouldering, reading, and baking.
Reid Sutherland is a Master of Marine Management student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Biology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Brunswick in 2022, she is now enjoying living in her home province once again. Though Reid's fieldwork and academic interests culminated in an undergraduate thesis on experimental Atlantic salmon conservation strategies and hatchery effects, she is now reconnecting with her true passion: shark physiology, functional morphology, conservation, and geospatial distribution. Reid's graduate thesis aims to explore the vertical distribution of sharks in Atlantic Canada, and determine regional management recommendations to promote conservation from emergent overlap with anthropogenic activities like commercial fishing. Finally-a diehard Blue Jays fan-when Reid is not in or on the water, she loves to catch a ball game, play rugby, check out a local market or brewery, and visit the beach with her dog, Letty.
Nick Kramer currently lives in Kansas with his wife Caryn, daughter Cecelia, son Wyatt, and two dogs. He works as a management biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks sampling public waters and to making management decisions based on that information. Prior to that, he received a master's degree at Southeast Missouri State University under Quinton Phelps. His thesis was titled Application of Mark-Recapture to Evaluate Sustainability: Case Studies on Two Paddlefish Populations in Missouri. While there he got to play with all sorts of large river fishes such as Paddlefish, Lake, Pallid, and Shovelnose Sturgeon, American Eel, Blue and Flathead Catfish, and Nick has seen more Asian Carp than he care to see again.
Nick is an Iowa State fan and football season ticket holder. He grew up in Iowa and fished farm ponds every chance he got. Nick eventually made his way to Iowa State where he got his B.S. in Animal Ecology with an emphasis on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. He regularly make it back to Iowa to see family and watch his Cyclones; Loyal Son, Forever True!