Tech professor in Natural Resources receives award
posted: January 27, 2004

John Ney given award for his work with the American Fisheries Society
by Ellen Biltz, News Assistant

John Ney of Blacksburg, Va., professor of fisheries and wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech, received the Meritorious Service Award from American Fisheries Society (AFS). The award recognizes his career-long contributions to the society, which represents more than 10,000 fisheries professionals in North America. Ney has served as the principal book review editor for American Fisheries Society journals for 24 years, as president of the AFS Education Section, and on numerous American Fisheries Society committees.

At Virginia Tech, Ney conducts research on applied ecology of fishes, trophic dynamics, reservoir management, and impact assessment, and teaches courses on fish ecology; advanced ecology of fishes and fisheries techniques. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and was president of the Environmental Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Sciences. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

John Ney has been a member of AFS since 1970 and has been the book review editor for 25 years. "I edit the reviews of about 60 books a year," Ney said. "Reviews get published in three different journals." Ney said he felt his contributions as editor were the main reason for the award. Ney traveled to Quebec City, Canada to receive his plaque from AFS.

"Unfortunately there was no money," Ney joked. "But I did get a free trip to Quebec. Itís a nice thing to get recognition from your peers."

Ney is a professor in the area of fish ecology at Tech and has been teaching at the university for 28 years. He teaches classes to undergraduate as well as graduate students in the fields of fish ecology and fisheries techniques. "Fisheries techniques pretty much teaches you to go out and beat up a fish every way possible," Ney said.

Along with AFS, Ney is also a member of the North American Lake Management Society and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. He has won awards for outstanding achievement from the southern division of AFS as well as a teaching excellence award from the College of Natural Resources at Tech. As a professor at Tech, Ney is involved in research of fisheries and reservoirs. "I like it local," Ney said.