Mitchell T Zischke

Mitchell Zischke

Forestry and Natural Resources

Clinical Assistant Professor
FORS Room 309
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Why Extension?

Tell us about your background?
I received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. I have also worked for state and federal fisheries management agencies in Australia. I moved from Australia to Purdue University in 2014 to work as a postdoctoral research associate in Fish Ecology. I transitioned to a research and extension fisheries scientist in August 2016.
How did you get involved with FNR Extension and outreach?
My research focuses on applied fisheries questions, and as such, I always aim to develop close ties with stakeholders and resource users. I have been active in fisheries extension both in Australia and as a postdoc here at Purdue, and I am thrilled to officially join the extension team in FNR.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy interacting with a diverse range of people who value nature and natural resources as much as I do. I enjoy taking fisheries research, whether it is my own or other collaborators, and communicating it to non-scientific groups. I also enjoy creating specific tools that allow stakeholders and resource users to become more involved in fisheries.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your job?
My biggest challenge is developing an effective extension program for all of the highly diverse user groups of fisheries in the Midwest. There is no “silver bullet” solution to these problems and it takes lots of time and resources to develop content for specific audiences
What part of your job did you least expect to be doing?
Currently I am working on an online data portal for stakeholders and resource users to access historical recreational fishing data in Lake Michigan. I never thought I would be working with website developers and programmers!
Do you have an outside hobby?
When I’m not talking to fishers, I’m thinking about fishing myself! I love all forms of fishing and regularly compete in local bass fishing tournaments in Indiana.