Meet #ScienceWoman Sheila Eyler
Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! This year, we’re looking forward by honoring women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and female conservationists who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we’ll share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for posts throughout the month!
Sheila Eyler coordinates our Mid-Atlantic Fishery Resources Office in Pennsylvania and recently earned a P.h. D. from West Virginia University studying the impacts of hydroelectric dams on fish migrations. Today she shares with us how her childhood experiences in the outdoors helped shape her passion for natural resources and her desire to be a fisheries biologist.
Q. How did you get interested in conservation? A. My family was in the wholesale live bait business and I grew up collecting fish and working in a bait shop. I enjoyed being outdoors and working on the small lakes and became interested in sustainable use of natural resources as a result of their commercial fishing efforts.
Q. What’s your favorite species and why? A. American eel. Although they are not the most attractive of critters, adult eels migrate thousands of miles to spawn in the Sargasso Sea. Young eels migrate upstream and are able to climb up dams or even leave the water and crawl in the grass to get around obstacles in the river.
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