UM Professor Earns National Excellence in Fisheries Education Award

September 11, 2017

MISSOULA – The American Fisheries Society recently recognized a University of Montana professor with one if its top national awards.

Lisa Eby

UM wildlife biology Professor Lisa Eby was awarded the society’s Excellence in Fisheries Education Award at the American Fisheries Society’s annual meeting this summer.

“I am very honored to receive this award by our national professional organization,” Eby said. “The excellent undergraduate and graduate students at UM make my job fun and rewarding.”

 Eby, who serves as the faculty adviser to the student chapter of the American Fisheries Society at UM, is a core educator in the fisheries and aquatic ecology tracks of study in UM’s wildlife biology and ecosystem science and restoration degrees. She has instructed more than 400 undergraduates and guided dozens of students in aquatic-focused graduate programs across the nation during her 15 years at UM.

“This prestigious award couldn’t have gone to a more dedicated and engaged educator in the fisheries sciences,” said Tom DeLuca, dean of the W.A. College of Forestry and Conservation. “Lisa is an absolutely outstanding instructor, mentor and adviser. I am really happy to see her get this award.”

Her research covers a range of topics in aquatic ecology and fish biology. In 2014 she and a team of scientists discovered a new species of sculpin fish in the Columbia River Basin.

“My wonderful university colleagues and broader professional community of aquatic and fisheries biologists that regularly engage with our students create a first-rate educational experience here at UM,” Eby said.

Eby has earned UM’s Outstanding Faculty Advising Award in undergraduate advising and the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Educator of the Year Award.

The American Fisheries Society is the world’s largest and oldest professional organization for the fisheries profession and fisheries science.

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Contact: : Lisa Eby, wildlife biology professor, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at UM, 406-243-5984, lisa.eby@umontana.edu. .