OSU's Stone Lab Offers Educational Opportunities

GIBRALTAR ISLAND, OHIO — Over the next three months, Stone Laboratory is offering 10 non-credit workshops in subjects from fish sampling techniques to outdoor photography to round out its 2015 class offerings.

Stone Lab, Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, offers a wide-range of courses each summer, including both college-credit courses and non-credit workshops. Stone Lab workshops last one to three days and are open to members of the public age 18 and older who have completed high school.

This year’s new workshops are aimed at those who are in need of field experience and specialized skills or certifications, including undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.

Dr. Chris Vandergoot, fisheries biologist at the ODNR Division of Wildlife, is teaching both the Fisheries Fundamentals Workshop, Aug. 17-19, and the Fish Aging Workshop, Aug. 20. Fisheries Fundamentals covers the basic principles of sampling fish populations – everything from operating a motorboat to preserving fish samples – and how to use that data for fisheries management decisions. The Fish Aging Workshop includes aging techniques and data analysis. Both workshops teach skills that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources looks for in potential new hires, Vandergoot said. The cost for Fisheries Fundamentals is $400, and the cost for Fish Aging is $222. For those interested in both workshops, arrangements can be made for an overnight stay on Aug. 19 at no cost (meals not included).
 
During the three-day Aquatic Invasive Species Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Workshop, Aug. 17-19, participants will learn to develop and implement plans to identify and control potential invasive species introductions. Workshop participants will emerge from the program with both Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point(HACCP) and Aquatic Invasive Species Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (AIS-HACCP) certification. Instructors will work with participants to develop a plan they can use to help minimize the chances of introducing invasive species into new environments.
 

This season’s full list of workshops is available at stonelab.osu.edu/courses/noncredit. Applications can be found at stonelab.osu.edu/applynow. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit stonelab.osu.edu.

Several years ago, I spent a few days at Stone Lab for a leadership conference and found the experience very gratifying and informational. It is a beautiful island on a beautiful lake. The information shared by the fisheries experts there is second to none. I encourage anyone who has not been to Gibraltar to give it a try.

For more information, call Stone Lab's Columbus office, 614-292-8949, stonelab@osu.edu
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