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Michael G. Scott Award Winners

Jennifer Aspittle

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2003 Recipient

After a ten year career in floral design and management and the partial completion of an undergraduate degree at SFSU, I felt the need to take a new career and lifestyle path. My journey led me to the HSU Fisheries Department where, influenced by my newfound love of trout fishing, I opted to concentrate freshwater fisheries. Though I had virtually no prior knowledge of natural resource management issues, least of all fisheries, I rapidly became immersed in this fishy culture.

Personal incentives and inspirations derived from the teachings of the diverse and well-respected faculty guided me to become involved in local and regional salmonid issues. Currently I serve as a Director for the Salmonid Restoration Federation where I help to promote restoration, stewardship, and recovery of California native salmon, steelhead, and trout populations through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

My voyage has most recently delivered me to Stillwater Sciences where I have had the fortune to remain in Humboldt County to work as an aquatic ecologist. This consulting position has allowed me to expand my focus to projects within the Pacific Northwest, most of which focus on improving salmonid and native fish habitat quality through a wide range of means. The subjects studied and techniques learned from my time spent at HSU have afforded me the array of skills needed to understand the diversity of topics encountered with these various projects, and to implement and execute plans to address the issues that evolve in the process.

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