Professor Reggie Harrell of the University of Maryland has been named a 2016 American Fisheries Society Fellow, a prestigious yearly recognition bestowed upon an elite group of members. His contributions to the AFS include, but are not limited to, efforts in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation, and outreach/interaction with the public.
The Fellows program is based on peer recognition for outstanding and/or sustained contributions to the fisheries discipline, helping to make select members more competitive for awards and honors and to support the advancement of AFS members to leadership positions in their respective institutions and the broader society. Professor Harrell is one of eight newly elected fellows in 2016.
“I feel honored to be recognized by my peers as a 2016 AFS Fellow and am proud that my work has had a direct impact on policy, teaching and mentorship of my students, and in my interactions with the public through extension outreach,” said Professor Harrell. “As a Land-grant University, it is UMD’s responsibility to take scientific information and put it into practical application and to improve society while minimizing the impact. The AFS is a valued partner in helping me and my colleagues achieve these goals.”
An ecologist by training, and a fisheries and wildlife biologist by practical aspect, Harrell was initially recruited by the University and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources to help restore fisheries in the bay. After serving as the associate dean and associate director of research for the College in 2007, he rejoined the ranks of faculty in the department of Environmental Science and Technology where he teaches fisheries, wildlife, ethics and natural resources management. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist, Fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologist (AIFRB) and editor of the North American Journal of Aquaculture.