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John Nickum 

Consultant/Writer-Editor/Educator: Aquatic Resources, Aquaculture, and Environmental Policy

John Nickum has over 45 years experience working in the field of fisheries as a researcher, educator, program administrator, and writer-editor. His experience includes serving as a major professor for more than 30 graduate students, coordinating national and international programs in fish health and aquaculture, and representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at national and international levels.  All of these functions provided experience in the preparation and editing of concise, scientifically valid written documents, as well as, skill in interpersonal communications. During the teaching and research component of his career, the culture, management, and biology of the walleye were primary areas of focus for him, his research associates, and graduate students.  Dr. Nickum served as a co-editor of Propagated Fish in Resource Management, and also as the Chair of the UFR Committee that wrote the AFS Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research.  

Ph.D. Zoology/Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL,  1966

M.S., Zoology/Botany, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD,  1961

B.S., Science/Biology, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN,  1957


Professional Experience:

Consultant/Writer-Editor/Educator, Fountain Hills, AZ: present

Special Assistant to Assistant Regional Director-Fisheries, USFWS, Denver, CO: 2001 -2003

Senior Science Liaison, USGS-BRD, Denver, CO:  2000 - 2001

Regional Science Officer & Research Coordinator, USFS, Denver, CO: 1998 -2001

Center Director, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, USFWS, Bozeman, MT:  1995-1998

National Aquaculture Coordinator, USFWS , Washington, DC:  1990-1995

Joint Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, Vice-Chair and DOI representative, 1990-1995

National-International Fish Health Coordinator, USFWS Washington, DC: 1986-1990

Departmental Manager Development Program, DOI, Washington, DC: 1985-1986

Leader, Iowa Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 1980-1985.  Graduate Faculty, Iowa State University

Leader, New York Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 1975-1980  (Chair: Inter-Departmental Aquaculture Program, Cornell Univ.)   Graduate Faculty, Cornell University

Asst. Leader, NY Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 1973-1975  (Chair, Inter-Departmental Aquaculture Program, Cornell Univ.)   Graduate Faculty, Cornell University

Assoc. Prof., Wildlife & Fisheries, So. Dak. State Univ., Brookings, SD 1970-73

Asst. Prof., Wildlife & Fisheries, So. Dak. State Univ., Brookings, SD 1966-1970

Asst. Professor, Biology, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, KY 1965-66

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, So.Illinois Univ. Carbondale, IL, 1963-65

Mary Nickum 

Writer, Editor, Librarian


Mary Nickum has 40 years experience as a librarian, educator, information resource manager, and writer/editor in fisheries and natural history. She has edited four technical jounals including, The Progressive Fish-Culturist, The FWRS Newsletter, World Aquaculture and The Intermountain Journal of Sciences. More notably, she was Senior Editor of Propagated Fish in Resource Management, American Fisheries Society Symposium 44 and Copy Editor of FAO/DANIDA/NMFS HACCP Seminar Proceedings. Ms. Nickum has had recent and direct experience working successfully in and with the AFS editorial office. Ms. Nickum has extensive experience with peer reviewed publications and one-on-one contact with authors. She has proven experience meeting publication deadlines.



 Mary is a retired librarian, who is now an editor and freelance writer. Her primary focus is on science for the public. She has chosen to extend her science for the public outreach to children.

Mary earned a B.A. degree in English education at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University. She worked as a science librarian at US Environmental Protection Agency, National Water Quality Laboratory in Duluth, MN, as Oceanography/Zoology librarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR and as Project Manager of the Fish and Wildlife Reference Service in Rockville, MD.

She is a former editor of The Progressive Fish-Culturist, Editor-in-Chief of the Intermountain Journal of Science, and currently edits the World Aquaculture magazine.

Mary’s articles are published in: Hatchery International, Aquaculture Magazine, Northern Aquaculture and Fish Farming News.


Her first book for children and their families, Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS, tells the story of a young girl who sees her mother with some frightening health problems and learns she has MS but she will not die from it.


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