Ontario Chapter OBFN Award
The Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation (OBFN) has sponsored the Best Student Poster Presentation at the AFS-OC AGM since 2005. The Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and conserving angling opportunities in the Province of Ontario, and is made up of over 700 members who are actively involved in ecological restoration projects, youth programs, and promoting recreational angling. As a token of appreciation, the OBFN honours the most outstanding graduate student research poster with the OBFN Student Poster Award at the AFS-OC AGM. The OBFN Award consists of a copy of Black Bass: Ecology, Conservation and Management [Phillip and Ridgway (eds.)] and a one-year membership to the American Fisheries Society and the Ontario Chapter.
The 2012 winner was Shannon Fera (centre), from Trent University. Shannon received her award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right) and OC President Dean Fitzgerald (left). Her poster was entitled "Using stable isotopes to analyze dreissenid-induced changes in the feeding habits of Lake Whitefish in the Great Lakes".
The 2011 winner was Alyssa Murdoch (left), from the University of Waterloo. Alyssa received her award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right). Her poster was entitled "Short-term individual growth patterns of anadromous Arctic charr in Ungava- Labrador, Canada".
The 2010 winner was Laura Chomyshyn (right), from Carleton University. Laura received her award from OC Vice President Scott Gibson (left). Laura's poster was entitled "Evaluating the Need to Minimize Water Entry and Surgical Aseptic Techniques During Telemetry Implantation Surgeries".
The 2008 winner was Sarah McConnachie (left), from Carleton University. Sarah received her award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right). Her poster was entitled "A comparison of nearshore fish sampling gears in Oneida Lake, New York".
The 2007 winner was Mark Poos (centre), from the University of Toronto. Mark received his award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right) and OC President Bill Gardner (left). His poster was entitled "The Mismeasure of Functional Diversity: The importance of choices".
The 2006 winner was Christine Pelletier (left), from Carleton University. Christine received her award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right) and OC President Warren Dunlop (centre). Her poster was entitled "Do catch-and-release guidelines from state and provincial fisheries agencies conform to scientifically-based best practices?".
The inaugural recipient in 2005 was Nick Lapointe (centre), from the University of Windsor. Nick received his award from OBFN member Jay Barnucz (right) and OC President Dave Stanley (left). His presentation was entitled "Fish-Habitat associations in shallow Canadian Waters of the Detroit River".
The 2013 winner was Aleksandra Muhametsafina (right), from Carleton University. Alex received her award from OBFN member Robin Gaspardy (left). Her poster was entitled "The fate of dead fishes in an urban stream: insights for tracking studies and fish kill investigations".