2013 Research Experience for Undergrads
Measuring the survival rate of gillnet scarred sockey salmon
When I was accepted for the JISAO summer internship through the University of Washington, I was thrilled to learn that I would be living in Alaska for two months. Working with the Alaska salmon program, I had the opportunity to work alongside many grad students, staff, and professors to learn about the current research being done on Alaskan salmon and other Alaskan wildlife. In the beginning of the summer, frequent tasks were stream flows, beach seining, limnology, and coho salmon sampling. Later in the summer, other research involved surveying multiple streams in which live and dead sockeye salmon were counted. The dead were categorized either by natural death or by bear attack and odoliths were collected to determine a fishes age and growth rate. I was also able to assist in research pertaining to bear ecology, in which bear hair was collected to perform a genetic census.