By AFS President Jesse Trushenski
The 2019 Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society in Reno, Nevada is shaping up to be a once-in-a-career opportunity for natural resource professionals to share and learn from one another. With cross-cutting, interdisciplinary symposia, the latest science, and boundless networking opportunities—Reno will be the place to be this fall!
Another reason to attend the upcoming meeting is the great slate of plenary speakers who will join us to share their insight and wisdom. Two joint plenary sessions are planned for Monday, September 30, and Thursday, October 3. The conference theme is Common Pathways for Conservation, and these sessions will focus on ideas that are at the heart of both fisheries and wildlife conservation and management. On Monday, Becky Humphries (CEO, National Wild Turkey Federation), Zeb Hogan (Research Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Reno, and host of National Geographic’s “Monster Fish”), and Shane Mahoney (CEO, Conservation Visions) will kick-off the conference and start the conversation about communicating sustainable uses of fish and wildlife. On Thursday, J. Drew Lanham (Professor, Clemson University); Scott Bonar (Unit Leader and Associate Professor, USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and AFS President-Elect); and Serra Hoagland (Tribal Liaison Officer, U.S. Forest Service) will continue the conversation, exploring ways to engage and communicate with diverse audiences. In addition to these opening and closing plenaries, there will be additional keynotes midweek to delve deeper into fisheries or wildlife-specific matters.
We hope you will join the conversation in Reno and walk the Common Pathways for Conservation with us. We look forward to hearing your science, your story, and your passion for fish and wildlife!