Kurt Fausch will give a lecture titled: "What is essential about rivers for fish, and humans? Lessons on connectivity and connections from four decades."
Kurt D. Fausch, Professor Emeritus, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 USA.
Kurt Fausch is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where he taught for 35 years. His research collaborations in stream ecology and fish conservation have taken him throughout Colorado and the western U.S., and worldwide, including to Hokkaido in northern Japan. His experiences were chronicled in the documentary film RiverWebs, and the book For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey, which won the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He received lifetime achievement awards from the American Fisheries Society, the World Council of Fisheries Societies, and Fly Fishers International, and served as the acting director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University.
What is essential about rivers for fish, and humans? Lessons on connectivity and connections from four decades: Ongoing human effects on freshwater ecosystems, including a changing climate, demand that fisheries ecologists and managers plan for the utmost in resilience in watersheds in the U.S. and throughout the world. Recent research indicates that many stream fishes can move long distances to find the essential habitats they need to survive, grow, and reproduce, but only when habitats are connected. Beyond the needs of fish, however, what will cause humans to want to conserve rivers, and their watersheds? A four-decade journey as a scientist has convinced me that we humans need more from rivers than simply water to drink and grow crops, and fish to catch and eat. Sustaining these essential values will require bringing them to the forefront and fostering a new ethic for rivers.