The Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center (ABC) is a focal point for aquatic research and service activities at Ball State University.
Officially established in December 1998, the center currently includes four full time faculty and one staff research biologist who cooperate in promoting applied research in the aquatic sciences discipline. The center, the first of its kind in the state, grew from a respected Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Program (ABF) in the Department of Biology.
The ABF program has been extremely successful in obtaining extramural research funding, making strong contributions to science through publications, presentations, and student theses, and preparing capable students for the workplace. Graduates of the program are employed as highly successful professionals across the country in a variety of positions involving conservation and use of aquatic natural resources.
Current major research focus in the center includes an ongoing study of yellow perch in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan and a fisheries community study in the middle reach of the Wabash River. The existence of the ABC provides a heightened awareness of Ball State’s reputation for excellence in this field. As an example, the ABC penned a partnership agreement with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that streamlines research funding opportunities, opens lines of communications, and facilitates cooperative efforts that benefit both the DNR and Ball State University.
The center serves as an important source of scientific expertise that will be increasingly important in meeting the challenges for use and perpetuation of aquatic resources in Indiana. As we look to the future, the ABF program and the center will serve to attract, retain, and produce high ability undergraduate and graduate students, promote research activities at the university through extramural funding, and serve as a model in the aquatic sciences discipline in our state and the region.
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