The wildlife and fisheries resources program in West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources will host its fourth annual Spring Symposium on Monday (April 21).

“The symposium gives students a chance to publicly communicate and display the results of the independent research and management projects they’ve conducted over the last academic year,” said George Merovich, assistant professor of wildlife and fisheries resources.

These projects begin with students proposing research or management plan projects in the Wildlife and Fisheries Techniques class during their junior year. The projects culminate with this symposium in the capstone course Advanced Wildlife and Fisheries Management.

“The Symposium is a chance for undergraduate students to present posters on research they have performed or aided in and to gain experience presenting research in a professional setting,” said Andrew Tri, a post-doctoral researcher in the program. “It also showcases the many unique research experiences of students in our program. We have projects that have studied the smallest invertebrates to the largest of carnivores.”

Posters will be on display in the Natural History Museum in the upper lobby of Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale Campus beginning at 9 a.m. Monday (April 21). Student authors will be by their posters from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to present their work and answer questions.

Monetary awards will be given to the best posters in two categories, one for capstone students and one for students who haven’t taken the capstone course yet. Prizes are sponsored by the WVU student chapter of The Wildlife Society.

For more information on the symposium, contact George Merovich at