RE: NANFA-- Chris - was: Farthest and highest

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 12:27:24 -0600

Rob wrote:
>>>I would like to point out how amazed I am at what Chris knows about fish
the natural world in general....the knowledge that Chris (and
some other non-ichthyological professionals on this list) possess is
absolutely amazing. I am by no means, a professional fish person but I am
well educated in biology, ecology, etc. and I am continuously astounded with
the width and depth of Chris' knowledge. Thank you Chris and all the others
for what you add to this list!<<<

Jan responds:
I'll jump on that bandwagon.
The breadth of Chris' knowledge of native fishes exceeds that of many (if
not most) fish biologists.
More importantly, though, are the range of his interests (biology, history,
etymology) and the ability to communicate effectively that information (and
interest) to others.
Personal case in point: I, like many field biologists, ignored or scorn shad
as wimpy, uninteresting, superabundant bycatch. After reading Chris'
extraordinary review of the clupeids (Herrings and Shads of North America:
Diversity, Natural History, and Aquarium Care, American Currents 29(2),
Spring 2003), I gained a whole new appreciation for the group as
finely-adapted animals interesting in their own rights.
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