"The corporate university's language of new findings, technology transfer, knowledge economy, grant generation, frontier research, efficiency, and accountability dominates how academic scholarship is now framed both within the institution and outside it." Berg and Seeber (2017)
|Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, has plenty to say about resolutions. Watterson (1988).|
|Lateral view of Freshwater Drum radiograph.|
|John Arway presents keynote address to AFS chapters meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia.|
|Hae Kim, BS 2017, won the coveted fertility fish hat at the annual chapter raffle.|
|Ichthyology class, spring 2019, with Mahi Mahi Coryphaena hippurus.|
|Andrew Bartee (left) and Emma Hultin (right) are excited about capturing a colorful Luxilus!|
|Hanna Moreland (right) and Emma Hultin (left) examine live fish in a photo box. We can never have enough field trips to learn more about the fishes.|
|Ichthyology class at the wet and sweaty end-of-semester field trip.|
Relevance in Virginia Tech’s strategic plan means commitment to a comprehensive global land grant mission and transdisciplinary learning and engagement. Every day we connect with students in ways that transcend the classroom experience. It's called the Virginia Tech Difference, which relies on a globally relevant campus experience that has a life-long influence on students. At the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Reno, Nevada, I was honored to receive the 2019 Excellence in Public Outreach Award. Relevance depends on writing for many audiences, and not just for the few scientists in my own narrow field of interest. Even introverts can do public outreach and I hope my students will be inspired to explore innovative methods to reach a broader audience.
|Executive Director of AFS, Doug Austen, congratulates me on 2019 Excellence in Public Outreach Award, in Reno, Nevada. Photo by Valerie Orth.|
The long-awaited Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia was released by Johns Hopkins University Press in September. Many relevant lessons were learned while creating this new book. Ben Aaronovitch wrote, “There’s nothing quite like Latin for disguising the fact that you’re making it up as you go along.” Seriously, getting all the scientific and common names correct and up-to-date was harder than we expected. New fish facts are discovered each day and we may not learn about them unless and until we attend fish conferences. Get a copy and learn what's new in the world of Virginia's freshwater fishes. Book reviews by Matthew L. Miller, Bruce Ingram, and Scott Smith (2019) suggest that you shouldn't collect fish without it.
|Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia was published in September 2019. Photo by Pat Cooney.|
|Even the Hokie Bird needs a copy of the Field Guide. Photo by Valerie Orth.|
Former and current lab members are moving on. Corbin and Lindsey Hilling were blessed with the birth of Penelope Hilling (photo below). Rebecca Bourquin defended her Master's thesis, Genetic Diversity and Population Fragmentation of Chrosomus sp. cf. saylori (Clinch Dace). Ryan McManamay, PhD 2011, left his position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and moved to become an Assistant Professor at Baylor University in August. Zach Moran, BS 2015, began a PhD program at Baylor University. Hunter Hatcher, BS 2016, left Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to take a Fisheries Biologist position with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in Farmville. Skylar Wolf, BS 2017, completed his MS at Oklahoma State University and begins a new job as fisheries biologist at the Utah Division of Wildlife in Logan, Utah.
|Penelope Hilling was born on October 30. Congratulations to Corbin and Lindsey.|
The top viewed blog post of 2019 was How Old Do Flathead Catfish Get? This post was relevant to over 1,700 viewers. In June, Timmy Dixon posted a photo (below) of a 62 pound Flathead Catfish caught on a trotline in the New River. This photo generated much interest because Smallmouth Bass, not Flathead Catfish, are the top targeted sport fish in the upper New River. Flathead Catfish are targeted by trotline fishers in a hidden fishery. Corbin Hilling removed the otolith and counted 25 annual rings. The hidden population of Flathead Catfish is well known by trot liners and those who SCUBA dive in the New River. Watch this short underwater video by SCUBA divers in the deep whirl hole in Eggleston, Virginia (video posted by Charles Horton). Many other relevant writings for the general public were posted in ChesapeakeCatfish.com.
|Flathead Catfish caught in July 2019 from New River near Fries, Virginia. For comparison, Timmy Dixon (pictured here) stands 6 feet, 4 inches|
Here is a photo during the renovation.BEFORE photo of Fluvial Fishes Lab. I'm ready to move out so renovations can begin. Last renovation was a drop ceiling and upgraded electrical. Otherwise plumbing, air, water and paint is original from 1970 s when Cheatham Hall was opened @vt_fishwild @HollyKindsvater pic.twitter.com/cxudyLglYO— Fluvial Fishes Lab (@donaldorth) July 19, 2019
|Fluvial Fishes Lab in September.|
Relevant Publications in 2019 (I can pluck these right into my eFARS!)
Bugas, P.B., Jr., C.D. Hilling, V. Kells, M.J. Pinder, D.A. Wheaton, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland. 200 pp.
Hilling, C.D., A.J. Bunch, J.A. Emmel, J.D. Schmitt, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Growth and mortality of invasive Flathead Catfish in the tidal James River, Virginia. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 10(2):641-652.
Orth, D.J. 2019. Socrates opens a Pandora’s Box of Northern Snakehead issues. Pages 203-221 in J.S. Odenkirk and D.C. Chapman, editors. First International Snakehead Symposium. American Fisheries Society Symposium 89, Bethesda, Maryland.
Orth, D.J. 2019. Fish, fishing, and ecosystem services and dysfunctions in the New River. New River Symposium. Boone, North Carolina. 18 pp.
Schmitt, J.D., B.K. Peoples, L. Castello, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Feeding ecology of generalist consumers: a case study of invasive blue catfish Ictalurus furcatus in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA. Environmental Biology of Fishes 102:443-465.
Schmitt, J.D, J.A. Emmel, A.J. Bunch, C.D. Hilling, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Feeding ecology and distribution of an invasive apex predator: Flathead Catfish Pylodictis olivaris in subestuaries of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39:390-402.
Schmitt, J.D., B.K. Peoples, A.J. Bunch, L. Castello, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Modeling the Predation Dynamics of Invasive Blue Catfish Ictalurus furcatus in Chesapeake Bay. Fishery Bulletin 117(4):277-290.
Stang, S.A., C.D. Hilling, and D.J. Orth. 2019. Lessons learned from 35 years of students organizing the mudbass classic. Fisheries 44(3):115-117.
|Possible approaches to research dissemination arrayed by size of audience and mode of communication. From Gould et al. (2019).|
|from Berkeley Breathed|
Berg, M., and B.K. Seeber. 2017. The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. University of Toronto Press. 136 pp.
Gould, R.K., K.J. Coleman, D.H. Krymkowski, I. Zafira, T.Gibbs-Plessl, and A. Doty. 2019. Broader impacts in conservation research. Conservation Science and Practice DOI: 10.1111/csp2.108
Smith, S. 2019. Review of Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Currents 44(4):27.
Watterson, B. 1988. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury. Andrew McMeels Publishers, 256 pp.