Background

About the Podcast

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 Host

I am Nick Kramer, your inexperienced podcast host. I currently live in Kansas with my wife, Caryn, and two dogs where I work as a management biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. My main duties are to sample our public waters and to make management decisions based on that information. I am also fortunate enough to be able to do a small research project in which I am evaluating gill net design to sample fishes in our Kansas impoundments. Prior to that, I received my master's degree at Southeast Missouri State University under Quinton Phelps. My thesis was titled Application of Mark-Recapture to Evaluate Sustainability: Case Studies on Two Paddlefish Populations in Missouri. I 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 I got to play with all sorts of large river fishes such as Lake, Pallid, and Shovelnose Sturgeon, American Eel, Blue and Flathead Catfish, and i've seen more Asian Carp than I care to see again.

As you could deduce from the picture, I am an Iowa State fan (my wife would say i'm a diehard). I grew up in Iowa and fished farm ponds every chance I got. I eventually made my way to Iowa State where I got my B.S. in Animal Ecology with an emphasis on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I regularly make it back to Iowa to see family and watch my Cyclones; Loyal Son, Forever True!