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NEW STAFF GLIFWC welcomes new staff Dylan Jennings joins PIO staff Brings diverse skills and cultural knowledge Dylan Jennings Bad River tribal member is not actually new to GLIFWC having served as a limited term employee for both the Biological Services Division and the Public Information Office PIO in 2014. However as of January 26 he steppedintothefull-timepositionasPIOs Outreach Assistant. JenningsbringstothePublicInforma- tion Office his writing skills experience with computer layout and public speaking along with strong cultural connections. HegraduatedfromD.C.EverestHigh School Wausau with Honors in 2010 and pursued a degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madisonwithananthropology majorandarchaeologyminor.AsaUniver- sity of Wisconsin Chancellors scholar he also earned certificates in environmental studies and American Indian studies. He is currently enrolled in the Conservation Biology Masters program at UW-Stout. Jennings also brings a history of working with youth groups and diverse work experience throughout his educational career. Jennings will be contributing to the Mazinaigan with articles and photos assisting with layout staffing public information booths and will also be available for treaty rights presentations. He currently resides on the Bad River reservation. Committed to preserving Anishinaabe lifeways he is an avid treaty harvester and craftsman. He is also a skilled drum-maker and a member of the award-winning Midnite Express Drum group. We welcome Dylan aboard as a member of the Public Information Office Sue Erickson Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives climate change funding provided for a fisheriestechnicianwithGLIFWCsGreat LakesSection.RonParisienJr.BadRiver was selected to fill the three-year post as a Great Lakes fisheries technician. Not a new face at GLIFWC Ron has worked previouslyasaseasonalemployeebothasa wildlifeandinlandfisheriesaidsince2002. His new appointment requires sea legs as he will be aboard commercial fishing tugs as well as GLIFWCs assess- ment boat assisting with monitoring the fishery and collecting samples of various Gichigami fish. In particular Rons work will focus on collecting otoliths ear bones for aging samples and stomach samples from lake trout whitefish and herring as part of GLIFWCs dietary studies. Ron will examine stomach content in GLIFWCs lab to determine the composition of the fishes diet. In addition Ron will be working with GLIFWCs temperaturedepth study of lake trout placing archival tags on lake trout as well as retrieving tags. Researchers hope to record dietary changes as well as fish movement in relation to water temperature as part of observations relating to the impact of climate change. Other duties will include assisting with lamprey trapping this spring part of GLIFWCs ongoing lamprey control program and fall population assessments in Lake Superior. Outside of work Ron can be found outside hunting fishing and exercising his treaty rights. He and his significant other Darcey Bender are busy with their six-month old son Dominick as well as Darceys two children Xavier age 8 and Lizzy age 6. Sue Erickson Great Lakes technician to assist with GLRI studies New climate staff gets to work in ceded territory Akiplanet Earthhit an unsettling milestone in 2014 the hottest single year on record. NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center made the announcement in January after reviewing data from weather stations around the world. With an eye to evaluating how the ongoing warming trend may affect ceded territory resources GLIFWC has enlisted a pair of climate specialists and plans to fill two more related positions this summer. Following a year of research the team is scheduled to produce a climate vulnerability report for key plants fish and animals. Climate Ecologist Grand Rapids Minnesota native Travis Bartnick is drawing from experience working in the western United States and the Apostle Islands to head a phenology analysis of native plants. Phenology is the study of the timing of life cycles that occur every year like when flowers bloom. Temperature and precipitationboth elements of climate changeplay a central role in phenology. The work focuses on culturally important food and utilitarian species includ- ing sugar maple aninaatig and paper birch wiigwaasi. Bartnick said some species that are growing at the southern extent of their rangelike wiigwaasi are especially vulnerable to increases in average annual temperatures. Bartnick graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a biol- ogy and wildlife ecology double major. At UW-Madison UW he earned a MS in wildlife ecology. During a recent collaboration with UW APHIS Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and National Park Service he rubbed shoulders with GLIFWC wildlife staff during efforts to control and survey white-tailed deer numbers on several of the Apostle Islands. Using a network of trail cameras Bartnick developed a new method to estimate the deer population of Sand and York Islands. He currently lives in Ashland. Climate Scientist Whatimpactsdoeswarmingwatertemperaturesandothermeasuresofclimate change have on walleye populations Hannah Panci is culling an array of data sources to find out. The University of Minnesota-Duluth MS biology graduate is currently creating models designed to help GLIFWC and its member tribes fine tune ogaa walleye management in the 21st Century After growing up in Eagle River Wisconsin Panci trekked east to Vermonts Middlebury College earning a BS in environmental studies. Along with grad- uate studies in Duluth she conducted bird community studies with the Natural Resources Research Institute. Panci has traveled extensively across the northern tier of the United States as a cross-country skier and in Montana as a ski instructor. She recently settled in the big snow country of Ironwood Michigan. By Charlie Otto Rasmussen Staff Writer GLIFWC welcomes Climate Ecologist Travis Bartnick left and Climate Scientist Hannah Panci. photo by Charlie Otto Rasmussen Preservation of languages was another key issue. McGeshick recommended that tribes be able to open and charter schools directly with the State allowing each tribe to educate their own members and frame the education to suit the needs of their communities. McGeshick also challenged the State to expand on Act 31 which requires instruction on Native issues as part of curriculum at three educational levels. He encouraged development of curriculum about Native history culture and con- temporary tribal governments as well as provision of early language programs across the state. McGeshick delivers State of the Tribes addressContinued from page 11 MAZINAIGAN PAGE 18 SUMMER 2015