This month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting is Thursday, October 29 and will be held in the Capri Ballroom of the Peppermill Casino Resort Spa.
The buffet opens at 7 a.m., with the program running from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $30 for non-members and $15 for members who do not have the Pre-Paid membership. Tickets will be available for online purchase the month of the event, OR attendees can pay at the door.
This month’s Breakfast Sponsor is:
Zeb Hogan – Nevada’s Big Catch
Through his research and outreach, Zeb Hogan’s vision is to help preserve the delicate balance and thoughtful coexistence between humans and their environments, especially as it relates to endangered freshwater fish.
The travels of Zeb Hogan, Research Assistant Professor in UNR’s College of Science, have taken him from Mongolia to the Pacific Northwest, Thailand to Australia. The purpose? A singular focus for finding, studying and protecting the world’s largest freshwater fish, an effort to bring attention to the growingly fragile freshwater ecosystems and their endangered inhabitants. These megafish are defined as being six feet long and 200 pounds—or larger. Partnering with National Geographic, Hogan documents his travels on the Nat Geo television show, Monster Fish, now in a sixth year of production.
His research has crisscrossed six continents—North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia—and has brought him face-to-face with some of the biggest fish in existence, such as Thailand’s 14-foot-long freshwater stingray or Mongolia’s six-foot trout. Hogan’s dogged conservation efforts have led to treks up the Amazon and Mississippi Rivers, through the Lake Baikal watershed in Russia, and projects on tributaries of the Danube and Yangtze River in China.
In 2015, National Geographic Museum will launch a new exhibit based on Hogan’s research efforts. Titled “Monster Fish: In Search for the Last River Giants,” the exhibition will highlight some of the world’s largest freshwater giants. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the relationship between fish and freshwater ecosystems, the importance of Hogan’s research and conservation mission, as well as stories about his quests to track down and study megafish.
Zeb Hogan joined the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. For eight years prior to that he was a research biologist with the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. Hogan holds a doctoral degree in ecology from the University of California, Davis and has had a decades-long research focus on migratory fish ecology, multi-species fisheries management, the status and conservation of giant freshwater fish, endangered species issues and conservation genetics. His research has been published in Nature, Science, Conservation Biology and the Environmental Biology of Fishes, as well as popular publications including Time Magazine and National Geographic Magazine.