Podcast: How a prehistoric fish fights invasive Asian Carp

You might have heard of the fearsome-looking Alligator Gar. Did you know that it could play an important role in protecting the Great Lakes economy and environment from invasive Asian Carp species? While it might look like an alligator, Dan O’Keefe from Michigan Sea Grant speaks to me about why it’s not a good idea to judge a book–or fish–by its cover.

About Daniel O’Keefe

For the past nine years Dr. O’Keefe has been employed by Michigan State University (MSU) as a Sea Grant District Extension Educator. His role with MSU Extension involves Great Lakes Fisheries Education and facilitation of communication between management agencies, stakeholder groups, and researchers.

Alligator Gar in a boat - Photo Credit: Daniel O'Keefe
Alligator Gar – Photo Credit: Daniel O’Keefe

Prior to working in extension, Dan received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from MSU, a Master’s degree in Biology from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries from Mississippi State University. In addition to postdoctoral research on river fisheries affected by Hurricane Katrina, Dan has worked on research projects involving paddlefish restoration, round goby invasion, changes in the charter fishing industry, and communication related to invasive species prevention.

His district includes seven coastal counties on southern Lake Michigan, and he also serves statewide audiences on topics including aquatic invasive species prevention and the status of the charter fishing industry.

 

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