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    Meet the Experts: Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist Dylan Kwak

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 04, 2020


    1. Tell us about your background and industry expertise.
    I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. While working towards my degree, I gained career experience with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fisheries Cooperation Unit at CSU sampling streams and aging Brook Trout at high elevation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Unit adding data to the internal database. I started working with SOLitude in Bryan, TX and then transferred back home to Colorado for a few years. I recently returned to Texas to continue my current role as a Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and company Video Ambassador. In addition to my career, I am furthering my education as a Fisheries and Aquatic Science graduate candidate at the University of Florida.

    2. What do you love most about your job?
    The best part of my job is being proud of what I do. Actively managing and improving a freshwater system is one of my passions. The nutrients, plants, fish and other unique characteristics in an ecosystem can affect every lake or pond within that watershed. When you change one aspect of an ecosystem, you change the entire way the system operates. When someone asks me what I do, I'm proud to say that I better our lakes and ponds which, in turn, can help improve our water resources as a whole.

    Dylan Stocking3. What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to better manage their water resources?
    The most important start is to identify your goal and have the patience to achieve this goal. The time it takes to achieve it will likely depend on the goal itself. If you desire to manage aquatic vegetation and algae, it may be quickly achieved; If you desire to create a trophy fishery, it may take multiple years and involve many moving parts. Most steps do not happen overnight and each step is important to achieve the goal.

    4. What does your average day look like?
    Within this career, every day is different. I can spend one day electrofishing large waterbodies and spend the next adding natural cover to a small private lake. By determining the health of the fishery and utilizing the data we gather through electrofishing, we can design a management plan that addresses all aspects of a fishery, including water quality, habitat, forage fish, prey fish, and vegetation growth.

    5. How would you describe yourself in three words?
    Passionate, simple, and observant

    6. If you could be one animal, which would you be?
    An owl!

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    Dylan-Kwak-web-1.jpgDylan Kwak is a wildlife and fisheries biologist at SOLitude. He is responsible for the ecologically minded management of aquatic vegetation in lakes, ponds and fisheries, and has a special interest in the identification of aquatic plant species. Dylan also works with clients to develop effective, long-term fisheries management plans using fisheries data analysis and sampling.

    SOLitude Lake Management is committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Our services include lake, pond and fisheries management programs, algae and aquatic weed control, mechanical harvesting, hydro-raking, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, water quality testing and restoration, bathymetry, lake vegetation studies, biological assessments, habitat assessments, invasive species management and nuisance wildlife management. Services, consulting and aquatic products are available to clients nationwide, including homeowners associations, multi-family and apartment communities, golf courses, commercial developments, ranches, private landowners, reservoirs, recreational and public lakes, municipalities, parks, and state and federal agencies. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.

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