MSU professor to head leading professional fisheries society


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Posted: 6/30/2006


A nationally recognized professor in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is in line to become president of the American Fisheries Society.

Don Jackson of the university's wildlife and fisheries department recently was elected as the organization's second vice president. He becomes the top officer of the 10,000-member organization in 2009.

Founded in 1870, AFS is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. With headquarters in Bethesda, Md., it works to promote scientific research and enlightened management of resources for optimum public use and enjoyment, among other missions.

A 20-year teaching and research veteran, Jackson is a specialist in river fisheries. Numerous academic achievements earlier earned him the high honor of being named a Fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists.

Jackson currently serves as president of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and chair of the American Fisheries Hurricane Relief Task Force--a program to help fisheries laboratories and institutions throughout the impacted Southeastern region regain operational capacity.

Jackson holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate from Auburn University.

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