biology

An Oddball Species—Steelhead

Steelhead Trout While out netting on the Kenai river, we pulled a peculiar fish out of the net. It had small, distinct spots all over its back, extending from the entirety of its tail, onto…



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Ecological Research in Hawaiian Forest Fragments

In Hawaii, numerous lava flows can create forest fragments that are called kipuka (Lit. ‘Image of a Forest’) in Hawaiian. These forest fragments can suffer from edge effects as the surrounding matrix habitat starts out…


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Book Report on the Selfish Gene

I wrote this book report on Richard Dawkin’s ‘The Selfish Gene’ last semester for my genetics class. I was impressed by the book in how well complex ideas about inheritance and genetics were explained. It…


Releasing a huge chinook salmon on the kenai river

Kenai River Salmon Counting

One of the things that I’m doing as an aspiring biologist/wildlife manager is working for ADF&G as a technician to survey fish migrating up the Kenai River. Each summer, we take length as METF (mid…


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