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Jennings named to international fellows program for fisheries science

A faculty member’s longtime expertise in fisheries science and management is being honored by an international leader in that field.

Cecil Jennings, the USGS Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit leader and adjunct professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, has been named to the 2019 Fellows of the American Fisheries Society. The honor recognizes efforts in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation and outreach or interaction with the public.

Fellows represent the highest level of expertise in the field, and Jennings joins an exclusive group of peers who are leaders in fisheries science.

“This is a career capstone award,” said Jennings, who will accept the honor this fall along with the other members of the 2019 Fellows class. “It’s humbling. Very humbling. You look at the other Fellows and they’re giants in our field. So to be elected to join them is very surreal to me.”

Jennings’ research spans topics in the areas of fisheries and aquaculture and biology/ecology/management. Recent research has included forecasting trout distribution in response to climate change in streams in North Georgia, the effects of harbor deepening on the distribution and abundance estuarine-dependent fishes in the Savannah River, and evaluating factors affecting walleye production under hatchery conditions. 

The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resource. Its membership of more than 8,000 includes biologists, ecologists, economists, engineers and more from around the world.

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