At the outset of the 21st Century many of us cling to the largely historical contention that universities are first and foremost a refuge for creative minds to doggedly pursue truth to its natural end. However, those of us who study the natural sciences may no longer answer only to the call of our own voice. Society has rightly intruded to require a context; that context is service to the lives of our fellow human beings and stewardship of the natural environment upon which our society rests. It is from this philosophical basis that our research progresses – we ask first those questions that both enrich our understanding of the natural world and inform our progression within that world. Thus, at the core of our scholarship, we strive to meld our desire to discover how the lives of fishes are derived from their natural circumstances with the societal need to address how human activities are impacting those environs. In particular, we focus on: 1) discovering the behavioral mechanisms that mediate the success and impact of invasive fishes on natural ecosystems; and, 2) using that knowledge to craft novel management tools to preserve native species.