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Keyler Receives Muskies, Inc.-Minnesota Sea Grant Scholarship

Trevor Keyler. Photo by Lee Austin.

Trevor Keyler

The Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies, Inc. and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program awarded $1,000 to Trevor Keyler, M.S. candidate in the integrated biosciences program at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Keyler is conducting fisheries research with Tom Hrabik, Professor of Biology at UMD, and has demonstrated an interest in science literacy through presentations to undergraduates and at professional meetings.

Keyler expects to earn his master's degree later this year and continue working with Hrabik in pursuit of a doctorate from UMD. His research regarding the ability of siscowet lake trout to capture prey in low light will aid biologists' understanding of how interactions between species can influence populations in an ecosystem.

"Using our data, we will be able to create more accurate models to determine
foraging success given different light intensities in the lake," said Keyler. "If turbidity or primary production were to increase light attenuation, we can estimate the effect on lake trout, which will be important to recreational and commercial fisheries on Lake Superior."

Trevor Keyler. Photo by Lee Austin.

Trevor Keyler

Keyler, who says he thoroughly enjoys opportunities to talk about science to undergraduates at UMD and to anyone else who might want to listen, presented his research at the 2014 Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Meeting in March. Look for more about Keyler and his siscowets on Minnesota Sea Grant's social media platforms and in the next issue of the Seiche. Or attend the meeting of the Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies, Inc., where Keyler will be presenting his research results this autumn.

"We think that the Sea Grant Program is a great partner in our mission to support youth, fisheries, and research," said Keith Okeson of Muskies, Inc. "We are very pleased to be able to acknowledge scientists conducting research in the waters that we regularly fish."


By Sea Grant Staff
July 2014

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