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Liz Marchio

I am a trained ichthyologist interested in what gets people interested in natural history, biological sciences, and science careers. My passion is to find out what fuels curiosity for the natural world.

Biology-related serious leisure activities can impact people's interest in ecology, biology, and natural history. Do these activities promote biological understanding? If so, how does that progress and to what level does it progress to? 

If you're interested in a starting a dialogue, please feel free to contact me. If you're curious about how I got here, my story can be found on the About Me page.

 

NotW: Dr. Kyle Piller - A Naturalist in the Rough

Continuing the Naturalist of the Week (NotW) series, this week I highlight a very productive researcher at Southeastern Louisiana University, Dr. Kyle Piller.

Dr. Piller striking a pose in Mexico during a fieldwork excursion. 

Dr. Piller striking a pose in Mexico during a fieldwork excursion. 

Dr. Piller is an ichthyologist

("ichthy" = fish; "ologist" = study)

and a diamond in the "rough" educational system in Louisiana. As the economy became more and more derailed, as Louisiana cut its education budgets, Dr. Piller maintained his research program and turned out well trained ichthyologists and research manuscripts.

He is also, of course, a naturalist! 

He has taught many graduate students the art of seining for fish in the wilds of Louisiana and Mississippi. He made lab jockeys into fieldworkers. His leadership and training is making more and more well-trained ichthyologists with detailed knowledge of all things fish-related. 

Kyle Piller's ichthyology class (2010) learning how to seine for fishes in the bayou of Louisiana! Photo by Kyle Piller. 

Kyle Piller's ichthyology class (2010) learning how to seine for fishes in the bayou of Louisiana! Photo by Kyle Piller. 

Thank you, Dr. Piller, for all you've done to encourage a naturalist experience for your students! 

 

Interested in the research Dr. Piller conducts on fishes? Click the banner below to visit his website and learn more! 


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