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Experts Look at the Future of Fisheries

Experts in the fields of aquatic sciences and conservation — in both the arts and sciences — will spend an afternoon at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) exploring the future of fisheries.

The Dale L. Travis Lecture Series presented by ESF will focus on "The Future of Fisheries: Choices, Decisions, and the Role of the Arts," 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 in Marshall Auditorium on the ESF campus.

The event will begin with a short presentation by each of the four speakers, followed by a public forum/Q&A, a reception and book signing. Presenters' books will be sold at the ESF Bookstore before the event. There is no charge for the lecture and reception. Parking will be available on the ESF campus.

The event will highlight the work of ESF fisheries biologist Dr. Karin Limburg, who has worked with a range of fishes from the Hudson River to the Grand Canyon and Baltic Sea. Limburg's work has focused on fish otoliths or "ear stones," which are tiny, calcified structures that form part of fishes' hearing and balance systems, and grow much like tree rings. They can be "read" chemically to reveal stories of fish movement and migrations. Limburg is writing a book based on her otolith work. Her talk is titled, "Fisheries from Prehistory to the Anthropocene."

Aquatic biologist Dr. John Waldman will speak on "Thoreau, Rivers, and the Importance of Looking Back." Waldman has authored more than 90 scientific articles, numerous essays in theNew York Times and several popular books including the award-winning Heartbeats in the Muck: the History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor; andRunning Silver:Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations.

Artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek who made his authorial debut at age 19 withTrout: an Illustrated History, will talk about "Painting, Fishing, Eels, Trout." He has written for the New York Times andNational Geographic, and his artwork has appeared in numerous galleries nationwide and Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. His bookEels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish was a New York Times Book Review editor's choice, and is the subject of a documentary for the PBS series "Nature" that aired in 2013.

Photographers/writers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes collaborate on underwater photography and stories forNational Geographic magazine and other venues. The duo will speak on "The Future of Fisheries: the View from Below."

Hayes and Doubilet collaborate as a photographic team above and below water on project development, story production, feature articles and books.

Doubilet is a contributing editor for several publications and author of 12 titles, including the award-winningWater Light Time. His photographic accolades include numerous Picture of the Year, BBC Wildlife, Communication Arts and World Press awards. He was named a National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence in 2001.

Hayes is an aquatic biologist and marine scientist whose articles and images have appeared in numerous books and other publications. She is co-author/photographer forFace to Face with Sharks by National Geographic Books and an honorary editor forOcean Geographic magazine.

The event is sponsored by the Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series at ESF. This event is made possible by the generous support of Dale L. Travis '59. Travis envisioned the lecture series as a way to inform the general public about the research projects being conducted by ESF faculty.

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