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Professor Shannon Fisher Accepts Position with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Fisher has served as a faculty member at University since 2005.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-4-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Shannon Fisher, currently a professor in the Water Resources Center at the University, has accepted a position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as assistant chief of fisheries. He will leave the University and begin his new position with the Minnesota DNR in May.

Fisher, who earned master’s and doctorate degrees from South Dakota State University, joined Minnesota State Mankato as a faculty member in April 2005. He has served as director of the Water Resource Center, which is part of the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and taught numerous courses in biological sciences and environmental science, while mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.

His background includes water quality assessments, aquatic ecology research and fisheries management in a wide array of upper Midwest systems, including Lake Superior, prairie pothole glacial lakes, eutrophic shallow basins, and flowing waters ranging from the Missouri and Minnesota Rivers to the highly impaired streams and ditches of southern Minnesota. Fisher’s current research interests include the ecological aspects of fisheries population dynamics, riverine backwater functions, aquatic invasive species, shallow lakes and biota in impaired waters.

Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Fisher worked previously with the Minnesota DNR for five years as an environmental review ecologist and fisheries biologist.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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