Aquatic Sciences

What We Do

Develop and disseminate knowledge about aquatic animals and their habitats, including aquaculture; interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; and fates and effects of pollutants; and appropriate management practices for the protection and use of aquatic ecosystems.


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Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-3590



Aquatic Sciences

The Aquatic Sciences Major prepares students for professional careers in fisheries research and management, information and education, and interdisciplinary investigations of environmental problems with emphasis on fresh water systems. Aquatic Sciences has two concentrations: Marine and Freshwater Biology and Fisheries. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and meet certification requirement​s of the American Fisheries Society.

Concentrations available in the aquatic sciences major includes:

Gain valuable field experience through our practicums:

What do you do?
As an Aquatic Scientists, you are ch​arged with protecting and enhancing fish populations and aquatic communities. You work with streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, reservoirs systems and, potentially, aquaculture systems. You monitor fish and aquatic communities by collecting data on number and species of fish and other aquatic organisms, analyze food webs and food availability, and develop and implement management plans that increase the sustainability of these communities.

For aquatic publications, videos and other resources connecting decision-makers with aquatic science view:


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The FNR Office of Student Services is open from 8 am to noon and 1 to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except on University holidays.

Dr. Barny Dunning
Barny Dunning
Professor & Director of OSS
Phone: 765-494-3565

Jackie Getzin
Jackie Getson, Interim Graduate
Program Coordinator (Current Students),
Research Associate & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 765-496-7406

Megan Gunn
Megan Gunn, Recruitment and
Outreach Specialist
Phone: 765-494-7477

Maria Leatherwood
Maria Leatherwood, Sr. Academic Advisor
Program Coordinator (Prospective Students)
Phone: 765-496-4819

Charlotte Owings
Charlotte Owings, Alumni, Scholarship, Awards, and Student Career Specialist
Phone: 765-494-0425
Julie Pluimer
Julie Pluimer, Assistant Director
Phone: 765-494-3629

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