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 me that our communication cannot truly reach a diverse audience if we aren't fully diversifying our method of outreach. I had the thought in the back of my 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, I decided to pull the trigger. This normally introverted person was going to take on forming a podcast.
The podcast's main goal is to communicate fisheries science and I hope to do so in a way that will come across so people who didnt spend 4+ years studying fish will understand most of it while also having information that is appealing to those of us who did go to school to learn about fish. This will hopefully be a fun experience for everyone involved.
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.
About the Hosts
Nick Kramer currently lives in Kansas with his wife, Caryn, and two dogs where he works as a management biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. His main duties are to sample public waters and to make management decisions based on that information. He has also had the opportunity to do some small side research projects evaluating methods for sampling Blue Catfish in Kansas impoundments. 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. Nick evaluated exploitation of Paddlefish in the Mississippi River for one chapter and derived growth and mortality information from historic tagging data for the Black River Paddlefish population. While there he got to play with all sorts of large river fishes such as 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!
Julie Vecchio just finished her PhD in marine science at the University of South Florida. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband and son. She loves going to the beach, paddleboarding, scuba diving, and generally being outside. She has used stable isotopes, video, hooks, and nets all to study various marine and estuarine fishes throughout the southeastern U.S. She is excited to share the stories of a diverse set of fisheries researchers with The Fisheries Podcast.