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November 2017 Newsletter

A Closer Look #177


Pictured: Aaron Parker

Aaron Parker: AWRI’s 2017 CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program provides a venue for departments to invite outstanding alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences with students, faculty, and staff. AWRI honored Aaron Parker as its 2017 distinguished alum.

Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources management from GVSU in 2003 and his M.S. in biology at AWRI in 2007 studying the ecology and evolution of yellow perch. He is an aquatic biologist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) where he studies harmful algal blooms. He also assisted with water recovery efforts in Flint, Michigan by collecting water samples and performing water service line inspections. Prior to joining MDEQ, Aaron worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he studied the efficacy of the electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to prevent the spread of invasive Asian carp from the Mississippi River basin to Lake Michigan, which was the topic of Aaron’s seminar during his visit to AWRI.