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TU’s Science Week shares how we work smarter for conservation

Jason Barnes, Lahontan cutthroat trout biologist/coordinator for Trout Unlimited, on the left, works with field staff in a scene from "Lahontan: A Trout Unlimited Science story."
Josh Duplechian/Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is proud to announce our first TU Science Week starting Monday, Oct. 19. Join us for five days of social media postings including daily Instagram Live events (@troutunlimited), stories explaining various ways science is incorporated into the conservation and policy work we do and two science-themed film debuts produced by our own Josh Duplechian. 

“Science is a part of everything we do at Trout Unlimited,” said, Chris Wood, president and CEO of TU. “We want to spend some time over the course of the week sharing with the world the many ways science makes us smarter and better advocates for conservation. Science helps us make the best-informed decisions possible not only for our organization, but for all of our conservation partners as well as federal and state agencies.”


The schedule

Dr. Helen Neville

Monday, Oct. 19 — Helen Neville, Trout Unlimited’s senior scientist, talked about how science is used by TU across the country on Instagram Live. We also released a blog from Helen explaining how science makes conservation credible.

Jason Barnes

Tuesday, Oct. 20 — TU premiered “Lahontan: A Trout Unlimited Science Story“. Jason Barnes, Trout Unlimited’s Lahontan cutthroat trout biologist/coordinator, joined filmmaker Josh Duplechian on Instagram Live. They talked about the film and Jason’s work on these unique cutthroat trout. Jason wrote a story about his work and the film on TU’s website.

Steve Moyer

Wednesday, Oct. 21 — Steve Moyer, vice president of government affairs at Trout Unlimited, was on Instagram to talk about the role science plays in the organization’s efforts to engage in policies important to our mission. For example, EPA officials said mapping of ephemeral streams could not be done, but TU’s Kurt Fesenmyer of the TU Science Team proved them wrong and showed how numerous the important “part-time” streams are across our country with GIS mapping technology. A story was also posted on the national TU website.

Mark Hieronymus

Thursday, Oct. 22 – Our second science film premier of the week is called “Anadromous Waters” and features the impressive work of TU staffer Mark Hieronymus as he seeks to find Alaska rivers not previously documented as holding steelhead and salmon. The state estimates only half of the waters holding anadromous species have been identified. Hieronymus was be joined by filmmaker Josh Duplechian on Instagram Live. Hieronymus also wrote about his work on the national TU website.

Jake Lemon

Friday, Oct. 23 — The TU Science team includes staffers with backgrounds outside the realm of traditional research science. Community science efforts take place around the country. Jake Lemon, TU’s eastern angler science coordinator, works with volunteers and partners on various projects, including deployment of Mayfly Sensor Stations, which TU member volunteers set up to provide real-time access to current stream conditions. Jake will be on Instagram Live at 3 p.m. ET. to talk about Mayfly Sensor Stations and other technologies being used for conservation work in the East, including volunteer stream monitoring programs, sampling eDNA to identify undocumented wild trout populations and using drones with infrared sensors to map stream water temperatures .

For questions on the Trout Unlimited Science Program email Brett Prettyman.