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How does a fish smell? If your answer is, “Terrible!” then you may just need to see a doctor, and CarpPro can help you make an appointment. CarpPro is proud to announce that Dr. Nicholas Gidmark has joined the team as our very own Scientific Advisor.
Nick is an evolutionary biologist and postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brown University, and will be available on the forum to answer questions about carp anatomy, the musculo-skeletal mechanics of pharyngeal food processing in carp, and a whole host of other topics including carp behaviors, how they learn, feed, and perceive both taste and smell. His research, which will be made available to CarpPro, includes scientific papers, x-ray photography and video, and promises to provide CarpPro magazine readers, forum members and podcast listeners valuable insights into how carp respond to baits and rigs, techniques for stalking fish and presenting a fly, fish care and more.
“I’m delighted to be a part of CarpPro,” said Dr Gidmark. “I’ve studied carp for a long time so obviously I’ve got a soft spot for the species and I am thrilled to be able to join an organization that appreciates them as much as I do. I’m also a fly-fisher and fishing has been in my blood since I was a kid, although I’ve not caught a carp on the fly...yet. With the help of the expert anglers on CarpPro, I hope to rectify that very soon!”
“Bringing Nick aboard as Scientific Advisor is truly exciting for CarpPro,” said Dan Frasier, CarpPro co-owner. “Nick will be able to answer many of the questions carp anglers have about tactics, bait, behavior, and more, and hopefully provide us with the science to help us catch more fish. He is a member of the forum and available to field questions, and he will be appearing on some of our podcasts very soon.”
Nick was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Minnesota, living for time at his family's lake cabin in Detroit Lakes. He did what most aspiring biologists do during childhood: he waded in swamps, caught frogs, fished, collected bugs and got bitten by mosquitoes. He majored in fisheries and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota. He then went to graduate school at Brown University where he received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, studying carp mouth form and function for his dissertation. Nick is broadly interested in biomechanics, muscle physiology and comparative anatomy of fishes, but has published most of his work on minnows and carp. He has published scholarly articles on carp jaw protrusion mechanics and jaw muscle physiology, and has co-authored several book chapters on minnows and related species.
Dr Gidmark is in the groove already, answering questions from our forum members and providing scientific answers for some of the questions anglers habitually ask themselves. His x-ray footage of carp eating, and the speed of the inhalation of bait, has already sparked debate about presentation, rigs, the size of the "dinner plate" and more.
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