Dr. Liz Wallace is a marine biologist specializing in sportfish genetics. This information can play a critical role in developing effective conservation and management strategies for recreational fisheries. Currently, Liz is working for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg (which is the research arm of FWC). She has been studying bonefishes and their relatives for over 10 years. In her spare time, Liz enjoys the many water related activities the Tampa Bay area has to offer including diving, sailing, paddle boarding, and fly fishing.
Liz will discuss the results from her recently completed study on tarpon exploring population connectivity between geographic locations. Are Florida tarpon populations self-supporting? Or are Florida’s tarpon shared with more distant locations? The answers to these questions will guide management and conservation by identifying the scale we need to focus these efforts- local and/ or regional.