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University of Nevada, Reno, professor receives exclusive American Fisheries Award of Excellence
Date:4/1/2010

Mead, working with the National Park System to better understand the ecology of the lake and the human-caused effects through study of the lake's food web. His studies, such as his work on the quagga mussel invasion, have been instrumental in developing strategies to control invasive species in Lake Mead and Lake Tahoe.

Whether he's lecturing to a classroom of undergraduates or leading a team of researchers to Guatemala to study and help restore a toxic lake, Chandra's easy-going style and extensive background helps to build those associations.

"Sudeep has one of UNR's most effective outreach programs," Kurt Pregitzer, professor and chair of the department of natural resources and environmental science, said. "He and his students are exceptionally dedicated to protecting our freshwater resources from water quality through the entire food web. For example, he was instrumental in helping to establish the boat-washing stations at Lake Tahoe to work to prevent the spread of invasive species. Sudeep is a fantastic teacher and is very involved with students at all levels."

Also important to the committee's decision for the Award of Excellence is Chandra's work in developing countries where fisheries management efforts are limited and the fisheries resources are at great risk and poorly understood, Coulston said. The Chapter shares this interest in facilitating effective fishery research and management in developing countries, and has expressed this interest by assisting its Mexican fisheries colleagues in establishing an AFS Chapter in Mexico and by helping Mexican scientists participate in California-Nevada Chapter conferences.

Chandra's professional accomplishments extend well beyond northern Nevada. He is associate director of the Castle Lake Limnological Research Station, the oldest mountain lake ecological station located in Northern California; a principal investigator with The Polaris Project, a project that examines the effec
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Contact: Mike Wolterbeek
mwolterbeek@unr.edu
University of Nevada, Reno
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