High School Students Learn About Native Fish
15 March 2017
Adam Barkalow, M.Sc. graduate student (with Dr. Tom Turner), lectures high school students from Bosque School and La Academia de Esperanza class on Rio Grande fishes and research. During the 48th annual Desert Fishes Council (DFC) meeting held in Albuquerque, New Mexico (November, 2016) DFC students and young professionals led an outreach event to educate high school students about aquatic ecosystems and their importance. The event was a collaborative effort from DFC members, UNM’s Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and Bosque School. High School students rotated through education stations manned by DFC volunteers and seined for fish in the Rio Grande. Students gained insight into aquatic invertebrates, sexual dimorphism, larval fish development, and museum specimens through hands on experiences on the banks of the Rio Grande. Larval fish collections, curated and archived at the Museum of Southwestern Biology Division of Fishes, gave students the opportunity to learn about native fishes life histories and development through examination of key characteristics under magnification.
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