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Graduate Student Hopes to Shed Light on Salmon Issues

Anne Cooper sitting in North Shore stream

Anne Cooper cools her heels in a trout stream on the North Shore of Lake Superior. She'll be leaving for Norway soon to study salmon conservation issues thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship.

Minnesota Sea Grant graduate student, Anne Cooper, is stepping into the middle of the fray over hatchery, farmed, and wild salmon. She hopes to shed some northern light on the issues and share the insights she learns in Norway with her counterparts in the United States.

Cooper's dedication to the field and excellent academics helped place her in the University of Minnesota's Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship Exchange Program with the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. She'll leave for Norway in August to spend nine months researching the genetic conservation of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), a topic in which Norway is a world leader. leader.

"I want to document how they go about conserving Atlantic salmon genetic diversity in Norway, and then communicate Norway's lessons to U.S. audiences," said Cooper. "I hope to promote scientific exchange and intercultural understanding on this timely issue that has economic, ecological, and social implications."

Cooper is a graduate student of Anne Kapuscinski, professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is busily studying Norwegian and expects to receive a master of science degree in fisheries later this year. Cooper is pursuing a career in fisheries conservation genetics, and is particularly interested in the role of science in national and international policy. She can be contacted at (612) 624-3019.

By Sea Grant Staff
March 2002

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