Students in the EEOB 5930 Biology of Fishes at Stone Lab learned about the anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, phylogeny, and behavior of the entire class of fishes (lancelets to ocean sunfish) from SENR professor Dr. Suzanne Gray and EEOB MBD Associate Curator of the Fish Collection, Marc Kibbey.
Activities took place in the fish laboratory and on the electroshocking boat where students caught smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bullhead catfish, carp, redhorse suckers, and just missed a gar.
The class also seined in the Sandusky River, Cold creek just downstream from the ODNR Castalia trout hatchery, Castalia Blue Hole (where they caught State Endangered western banded killifish), Terwilliger's Pond (a shallow pond on South Bass Island with a natural inlet from Lake Erie), the Alligator Bar (a gravel and sand spit extending out into Put-in-Bay), and shorelines next to the docks off Gibraltar Island.
Brian Zimmerman, Andy Nagy and Josh Hug assisted with sampling at three mainland sites, including bringing an electroshocking boat to East Harbor to search for the State Endangered spotted gar!
Harrison Fried, Sean Harris, Emily Krohn, Ross Schwartz and Connor Schwepe