From Geology to Fisheries
The success I found at UAS lay at the end of a tortured path of misguided endeavors at other colleges. After attending several community colleges during my military service I ended up majoring in physics at the University of Washington, which was a lot like friction — a drag. It wasn’t until I came to UAS that I found my niche. Biology made sense to me at UAS. The four walls that formed the classroom did not confine the professors at UAS. I saw very early on that the “classrooms” at UAS extended into the intertidal and beyond, as nearly all biology courses included scheduled trips into the surrounding environment of Southeast Alaska. The doors of opportunity were literally opened up for me at UAS to explore the wilds of biology. The surrounding marine environments coupled with the faculty’s desire to motivate and challenge me as an undergraduate student made for a memorable, meaningful, and applicable experience that culminated in my graduation.
The highlight of my undergraduate career at UAS was working on a research project with the US Geological Survey (USGS). Professors Tamone and Eckert gave me lab space and tools to inspect crab blood samples collected by USGS. I then worked with Jennifer Mondragon and Jim Taggart at USGS to establish a distribution of Bitter Crab Disease in Tanner crabs of Glacier Bay, Alaska. Ultimately, I presented our findings as a poster at the Glacier Bay Science Symposium.
During my two and a half years at UAS I worked as an intern for the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT&PF). After graduating with my BS in biology and a math minor I was hired by ADOT&PF as an Environmental Analyst. Currently, I am a graduate student in Fisheries at Oregon State University.
Thank you UAS!
UPDATE: Kyle has finished a graduate program in fisheries at Oregon State University.