Frank M. Panek will be the guest speaker at the Williamsport Lions Club meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, at Williamsport American Legion Post 202.
Panek’s topic will be “Persistent and Emerging Diseases in Fish and Other Aquatic Resources in the mid-Atlantic Region.”
Panek is the branch chief for fish health at the U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown (W.Va.) Science Center.
He manages research programs in aquatic animal health to ensure that research conducted by scientists at Leetown meets the needs of resource and fishery managers, is scientifically and technically sound and properly focused on emerging and known disease problems, infectious and noninfectious.
In general, research projects focus on persistent and emergent health issues associated with pathogens and environmental stressors or contaminants that undermine conservation and restoration of interjurisdictional fish populations or depleted, threatened, or endangered aquatic animals.
Panek’s research interests include the development of bioindicators of aquatic animal health and their applications in the adaptive management of aquatic resources at the population and community level.
Before assuming his position at Leetown, he served as a fisheries program supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, Mass., as a fishery biologist with the Division of Fish Hatcheries with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Va., and as a regional supervisor of Natural Resources for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
He is a member of American Fisheries Society and was elected as a fellow with the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Other professional affiliations include the Fisheries Administrator’s Section and Fish Management Section of the American Fisheries Society and Sigma Xi: the Scientific Research Society.