Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The value of recreational fishing in southern Lake Michigan"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Fisheries Science; Natural Resource Economics; Social Science
Project Description:
Recreational fishing is an immensely popular past-time in Lake Michigan. While we have a good understanding of what anglers catch, we don't really know why they fish, how much they spend to go fishing, and how much they value recreational fishing. We are currently working with state fisheries agencies in Indiana and Illinois to assess the value of recreational fishing in southern Lake Michigan. We also aim to identify current impediments and future enhancements to the fishery. This project will utilize historical data from the last 30 years, as well as new data collected this year.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will gain hands-on experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team. In particular, the student will assimilate historical fishing data and manage new socioeconomic data collected this year. The student will also assist with the analysis of these data to answer specific research questions. The student will also be involved in meetings with the research team and external workshops with state fisheries agencies.
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Desired Qualifications:
The student should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.The student should also show good attention to detail and have the ability to be self-motivated and work independently. It is also desirable that the student have experience using database software such as MS Excel, MS Access and R.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Zischke, Mitchell
Forestry and Natural Resources

Student Supervisor

Mitchell Zischke
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cooperating Faculty

Ben Gramig
Agriculture Economics
Tomas Hook
Forestry and Natural Resources