The 2023 recipient of the Otto Tiemeier-Frank Cross Student Scholarship was awarded to Blake Hansen, a graduate student for Dr. James Whitney at Pittsburg State University, at the 2023 Kansas AFS Chapter Business meeting at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Overland Park. Please see below for a portion from the nomination letter provided by Dr. Whitney that highlights the distinction, work ethic, and high academic standing for Blake that made him an excellent recipient of the award with a promising, bright future ahead of him in the fisheries field. Congrats, Blake!
Thursday, February 16, 2023
The Awards Subcommittee of the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society would like to recognize several award winners during presentations held on February 14th in Overland Park, Kansas (as part of the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference).
Dr. James Whitney (Associate Professor of Biology - Pittsburg State University)– Past president
There were a few great presentations at the 2023 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, and likely would have been more if the Awards Subcommittee did a better job indicating that those were the presentations that would be judged. The Kansas Natural Resources Conference had several presentations as well but those weren’t included in the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s award process in 2023.
These meetings would not be as valuable without your willingness to share your research and management findings. We thank those presenters and encourage others to share their project outcomes at next years’ meeting. The winners of the 2023 awards are as follows:
Susan Steffen (Human Dimensions Specialist - KDWP): Effect of Invasive carp on Kansas River recreationists
Ethan Rasset (Graduate Student - Missouri State University): Investigating invasive carp in the Neosho River
Ben Neely (Fisheries Research Biologist - KDWP): Status of Freshwater Drum in Kansas impoundments with emphasis on three populations
William (Brendon) Mason (Graduate Student - Fort Hays State University): Evaluating size structure and growth rates of Flathead Catfish in four western Kansas reservoirs
Award Committee Chairman