Andy’s passion for fish and the effect they have on our ecosystem and food supply has taken him and his University of Massachusetts Amherst students all over the world.
I think the Department of Environmental Conservation is at the core of the sustainability movement on campus. And I think that's a valuable and very strong part of UMass. So when you start thinking about connectivity, and the web of life, and sustainability, and this interconnectedness, it helps you tell that story. And I think it helps make it much more tangible for students to understand what sustainability is when you draw in things that are familiar to them. These students come from a whole range of backgrounds where you have some people that might be working in psychology, or students who are learning about human behavior. Why is an honor student in the business school interested in fish? Well, cause fish is also a commodity. It's all connected. So all these layers tied together provide you a really nice context for really describing what sustainability is. You know, teaching students about even what might be far, distant topics, but having it become personal, makes them realize that they do play a role. If you have enough people focusing on the smaller issues, they all add up into something big. And I think that's what we're doing on campus. Because you're living that whole idea of sustainability, even at a big institution. It's really understanding the foundation of the education. Not only learning about the material, but growing as an individual, appreciating where you are on this planet, and how decisions you make have this cascading effect on the world around you. My name is Dr. Andy Danylchuk. And I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation. I stand for creativity. And I stand for UMass.