Awards, honors and publications

Lindsay Ohlman, Mark Pegg and Kevin Pope recently earned American Fisheries Society chapter awards for their contribution to the fisheries field. | Courtesy image
Lindsay Ohlman, Mark Pegg and Kevin Pope recently earned American Fisheries Society chapter awards for their contribution to the fisheries field. | Courtesy image

Recent achievements for the SNR community were earned by John Carroll, Mark Pegg, Kevin Pope, Lindsay Ohlman, and Camden Oathout. Five others have been nominated for honors, and Dave Gosselin is getting praise for his latest textbook.

SNR director to represent Midwest fisheries and wildlife programs on national committee

John Carroll, director of the School of Natural Resources, recently was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Association of University of Fisheries and Wildlife Programs.

The National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs began in 1991, and represents more than 40 university fisheries and wildlife programs and their faculty, staff and students.

“This is the first time someone from UNL has been elected to this role,” said Larkin Powell, applied ecologist at the School of Natural Resources. “It will be a way for UNL/CASNR to have impact on the region and country.”

The NAUFWP aims to increase public understanding of fisheries and wildlife conservation issues and to advance the science and management knowledge in the field.

For his tenure, Carroll will help develop and implement a strategic planning process for the organization to better coordinate the universities in the Northern Plains.

Faculty, students earn American Fisheries Society honors
Mark Pegg
Mark Pegg, fisheries professor at the School of Natural Resources, earned the Meritorious Service Award given by the North Central Division, American Fisheries Society, during the organization’s 50th annual meeting Feb. 5.

The meritorious award recognizes the extraordinary service that it has made a genuine and lasting contribution to the betterment of the society by a North Central Division AFS chapter member, according to chapter’s website.

“This award is a culmination of a lot teamwork over the years, not just my achievement,” Pegg said about the honor. “I have been fortunate to surround myself with great people with similar passion and drive to pursue their interests that have helped define the fisheries program at UNL.”

Kevin Pope
Kevin Pope, unit leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at SNR, earned the Award of Excellence from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society during the annual chapter meeting Feb. 5.

The award recognizes those individuals of the State of Nebraska who have made an outstanding contribution to the science of fisheries and aquatic resources. It has been awarded since 1988.

“This award is a confirmation that I have been extremely fortunate to work with amazing teams throughout my career,” Pope said about the honor. “I understand that awards are provided because people care enough to craft nomination packets. I thank those that nominated me, and I thank my team members, who are the ones that deserve this recognition.”

Lindsay Ohlman
Lindsay Olhman, fisheries graduate student, earned the Outstanding Fisheries Student award from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society during the annual chapter meeting Feb. 5.

The award recognizes students of the State of Nebraska who are making outstanding contributions to the science of fisheries and aquatic resources. The award has been given out annually since 2014.

“I am honored to be a member of this society, and the award encourages me to keep working hard to enhance research and management of aquatic resources,” Ohlman said.

Camden Oathout
Camden Oathout, sophomore fisheries and wildlife major, is the recipient of the Robert Thomas, Nebraska Chapter American Fisheries Society scholarship for 2019-’20.

The awards are open to junior or senior students who demonstrate a career path leading to the field of fishery resources. Beyond academic standing, applicants may demonstrate their interest and dedication by activities such as: the UNL Wildlife Club, student membership in the American Fisheries Society, or internships or volunteer work with a local, state, or federal natural resource agency.

The scholarship goes toward school expenses and includes a membership to the Nebraska Chapter of AFS as well as to the national American Fisheries Society.

Robert E. Thomas was a fisheries biologist for more than two decades with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In his memory, the family of Robert E. Thomas and the Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society established Robert E. Thomas Memorial Scholarship in 2001.

Five nominated for Parent Recognition Awards
Five faculty and staff members from the School of Natural Resources have been nominated for the Parents’ Recognition Award at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Parents' Recognition Award annually recognizes faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in students' lives. The Parents Association solicits nominations through an annual mailing, asking parents to nominate a faculty or staff member.

This year’s SNR nominees were: Dennis Ferraro, Trenton Franz, Mark Pegg, Larkin Powell and Sara Winn.

The reception for the award ceremony will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Willa Cather Complex Red Cloud Room. All are welcome to attend.
Learn more about the annual award.

New textbook on sustainability released
A new textbook by Dave Gosselin, director of environmental studies at the School of Natural Resources, and colleagues, delves into the Earth, the environment and what that means for a sustainable future.

“The book explicitly links research on learning and the theoretical frameworks of sustainability to improve higher education,” the book description states.

“Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth and Environment for a Sustainable Future” is the outcome of the InTeGrate project, a National Science Foundation-supported effort to improve science literacy on Earth and its natural resources. The authors hope to educate students to be better prepared to balance challenging environmental and resources issues and deliver solutions.

“The chapters in this book explicitly illustrate the intimate relationship between geoscience and sustainability that is often opaque to students,” the Springer publishing website states. “The authors of these chapters are faculty members, administrators, program directors, and researchers from institutions across the country who have collectively envisioned, implemented, and evaluated effective change in their classrooms, programs, institutions, and beyond. This book provides guidance to anyone interested in implementing change — on scales ranging from a single course to an entire program — by infusing sustainability across the curriculum, broadening access to Earth and environmental sciences, and assessing the impacts of those changes.”

Learn more about the first-edition book.