Nicholls Biology Professor Keynote Speaker at 152nd National Meeting of the American Fisheries Society

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Solomon David was a keynote speaker at the 152nd National Meeting of the American Fisheries Society on Aug. 21-25, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. The Annual Meeting brought together over 1,700 professionals from countries across the world under the theme “What Do Fish Mean to Us?” 

His talk titled “Modern Conservation Insights from Ancient Fishes” focused on the concepts of diverse fishes and diverse voices, connecting biodiversity and conservation with diversity, equity and inclusion and how they benefit each other.

David used current research and personal stories focused on native fishes with Louisiana’s gar fish playing a central role. His talk also featured the Nicholls biology graduate program and students.

Graduate students in the Marine and Environmental Biology program Dinah Cador and Kati Wright both attended the national conference. Dinah Cador presented on a synthesis of floodplain restoration and fish ecology research done by David’s GarLab and collaborators. 

This was the first national conference that Dinah and Kati attended, giving the students important opportunities for networking with graduate students from programs across the country as well as other academics and professionals.

“Conservation of biodiversity goes hand-in-hand with diversity, equity and inclusion. It was a privilege to share about the important relationship between ‘diverse fishes and diverse voices’ using my personal story and connection to the bayou’s amazing ancient gars,” said Dr. Solomon David. “My students welcomed the opportunity to meet and network with their peers and professionals. We appreciate the support for the conference attendance, professional development and outreach opportunities like these.”

The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resources. 

The American Fisheries Society includes 8,000+ members from around the world, including fisheries managers, biologists, professors, ecologists, aquaculturists, economists, engineers, geneticists and social scientists. 

The society promotes scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources, publishes five of the world’s leading fish journals, organizes scientific meetings where new results are reported and discussed and encourages comprehensive education and professional development for fisheries professionals.

A major Annual Meeting is hosted each year and specialized symposia are held regularly on different topics. Each Annual Meeting includes:

  • Approximately 2,000 fisheries professionals from around the world
  • Dozens of symposia and hundreds of oral presentations and posters
  • Continuing Education Workshops
  • Trade Show

For more information on the American Fisheries Society, visit To view Dr. Solomon David’s talk, visit  

The Nicholls Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program allows students to take an expedition through Louisiana’s swamps, marshes and coastal areas. With state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and easy access to multiple field sites, the graduate students are well-prepared for real world marine and environmental careers. The program is thesis-based, and research projects have ranged from the molecular to the ecosystem level and everywhere in between.

For more information on the Nicholls Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program, visit

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