Ecampus Students in Action

Photo: Julie Brinkman assisting in the inspection of a large drip irrigation project in Blythe, California.

I am a domestic engineer with three young children and a community volunteer. I will be graduating from the Ecampus Fisheries and Wildlife degree program in 2018.

I am currently an Earth Team Volunteer intern with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which will fulfill my intensive internship requirement for the degree.  I am fortunate in that my timing in this role began at the commencement of application by a tribal agency for a large-scale wildlife habitat enhancement project along the Colorado River. Simultaneously, I am learning about irrigation improvement projects for agricultural lands, including surveys, analysis of data, and identification of solutions. One challenge to conservation planning is that it is time-intensive to coordinate the cooperation and efforts of multiple agencies and technical support to complete projects. Another challenge is fieldwork in the Lower Colorado River desert area involves temperatures in excess of 100 degrees in the summers, not to mention the high humidity in August. The activities I have engaged in thus far have given me valuable hands-on experience in the field, which I have confirmed that I love, even in August when it's 119 degrees out.

Melissa Robell - Mel Takes Brazil

"I'm really excited to do an international internship in Florianópolis, Brazil for 10 weeks to work with neotropical and giant otters."


Amanda Figley - A Roaming Jackpine 

 Amanda is an Ecampus transfer student in her third year in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences program. Click here to check out her experiences during the Hawaiian Summer 2016 coral reef field class.

Scout's photo

Scout Clair - PDX Wildlife name is Scout Clair and I am one of the 2016 fall interns! I’m from Portland, Oregon and just graduated in the spring from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife that I hope to use to become a zookeeper. Through the zoo, I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for 2 weeks to learn about the different studies taking place at the La Selva Biological Research Station. Living on-site at the research station was an amazing experience as we were fully immersed in the jungle lifestyle and got to know our peccary neighbors very well! While in Costa Rica we also had the opportunity to go to the Tortugeuro National Park and observe a turtle nesting!


Natasha Peters - Raptor Conservation in Bulgaria

Click to see Natasha's internship presentation describing her work with Saker Falcons and Egyptian Vultures. In this presentation, she discusses threats both raptors face, along with efforts being made to preserve their species.

OSU Bird Nerds group photo

Oregon State University Bird Nerds

OSU Bird Nerds is a student-run ornithological club at OSU. Our mission is OSU students with an opportunity to learn more about the amazing world of birds to provide through bird-related activities, résumé-building experiences, speakers from the ornithological community, species identification workshops, and field trips and to share the knowledge gained from these activities with the Corvallis birding community through volunteer, education, and conservation involvement.


Stephanie Schmidt - Wildgenetics 

My internship role involves working in the field, setting and checking insect traps in the forest, and in the lab, identifying specimens and preparing them for DNA processing. We will be using a technique called DNA metabarcoding in this study. DNA metabarcoding is fascinating (but, I’m biased). To put it simply, it is a way to assess biodiversity by identifying DNA found in the environment.

Juliana Masseloux

Juliana Masseloux

Where-wolf There-wolf

As part of her undergraduate coursework, Juliana is conducting a thesis project. Her research will be set in the northern Samburu and southern Machakos, Kajiado, and Makueni counties looking at landscape use by large East African carnivores, including hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard, and African wild dog, in sites with varying levels of human settlement and use. I will be determining how proximity to livestock and indigenous settled areas (mostly small villages) affect where carnivores primarily reside on a species-specific basis.

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Erin Pickett and Logan Pallin

All about that baseline: A long-term perspective on the cetacean ecology along the Western Antarctic Peninsula

Hear from graduate students Erin Pickett and Logan Pallin as they conduct their research along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Over the next few months, their whale team will be conducting cetacean surveys and be collecting acoustic-based prey measurements of Antarctic krill.  

Matthew Solberg

Matthew Solberg
Tales of the

Follow a Fisheries and Wildlife alum as he conducts research on spotted hyena in Malawi, Africa for Carnivore Research Malawi. This same blog site also features his earlier travels in Sierra Leon with the Peace Corps, serving as a junior secondary and secondary science teacher in Madina Junction.


Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory

This research blog is written by graduate students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The GEMM lab is led by Dr. Leigh Torres at the Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, Oregon.  

Megan Cummings


Megan Cummings
KBVR - DJ Harriet Potter

Megan Cummings is an undergraduate in Fisheries and Wildlife who started working for OSU's KBVR Radio station in 2010. She hosts several music hours, most popular are her sessions: The Magic Blast from the Past and Witch's Brew Variety Hour. In May 2014, Megan won the Best Production Director award at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System National Conference. She's also been interviewed by the Student Events & Activities Center during their beBEAVERBOLD campaign to encourage students to "Engage In What Matters". Most recently, Megan has started a Magical Creature Feature interviewing various Fisheries and Wildlife members on their research. For her capstone course, she interviewed our very own, Bruce Dugger and Scott Heppell on the wastewater treatment wetlands as habitat for birds. 


Animal Bioacoustics

The Oregon State University Research Collective for Applied Acoustics (ORCAA) is a bioacoustics laboratory headed by Dr. Holger Klinck and is located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Keep up with their weekly blog posts about the lab's research: technology, ecology, and noise!

Michelle Fournet

Michelle Fournet
Acoustic Ecology & Marine Mammal Research

Michelle is a PhD student in Wildlife Science in Fisheries and Wildlife. Her primary research to-date has focused on humpback whale non-song communication - or social sounds - in Southeast Alaska. Follow Michelle's travels as a researcher and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for several of the Department's undergraduate classes. 

Bronwyn Horn

Bronwyn Horn
Puerto Rico & Panama Adventures

Bronwyn starts her trip in Maunabo, Puerto Rico working for an organization called ATMAR, which is short for friends of the turtles. She will be there for 7 weeks working with Hawksbill sea turtles. After that, she travels to David, Panama as an intern at Alouatta Sanctuary for 4 weeks working with mantled howler monkeys. Check in on Bronwyn and her adventures through her weekly blog. 

Avery Grant

Avery Grant
Galapa Living

Avery is an intern at the Jatun Sacha, an organization that has a biological field station on San Cristobal, Galapagos. She is working on both habitat restoration and agricultural projects. Follow Avery's blog and her life on the Galapagos Islands. 

Renee in Newport

Renee Albertson
Expedition Austral Islands: A Comprehensive Study of Whales and Dolphins in French Polynesia

A survey of 4 islands within the archipelago by small boat to collect data on whales and dolphins including photographs for individual identification, small skin samples for genetic analyses, and recordings of humpback whale song.


Shea Steingass
Oregon Beach Comber

A science blog that examines what washes ashore in the Pacific Northwest. This exciting blog includes the latest news, as well as tidbits in oceanography, biology, and marine science. Your one-stop source for information and news on debris from the 2011 Tohoku tsunami in Japan.

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Jocelyn Stokes
Survival of the Sun Bears

Jocelyn is an Ecampus post-baccalaureate in Borneo establishing an awareness campaign and documentary film project that will focus on the conservation of the Sun Bear. Read her blog and help the campaign.

Rachel Lertora

Four Eyed Traveler

My name is Rachel and I have been four eyed for most of my life. Contrary to what you may be thinking, I like being four eyed. I find that it helps me see a clearer picture of the world through my own eyes.  Although I am four eyed, it is not really how I describe myself to people. Rather, I prefer say that I am buckle-wearing, boot-stomping outdoor adventuress from Astoria, Oregon in the great Pacific North West.

Currently, I am attending Oregon State University where I am studying Fisheries & Wildlife and Spanish. At school, I am involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and she Fisheries and Wildlife Club. I spend most of my time outside of class in the library studying, at the gym breaking my own personal records, and planning my next adventures.

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Ecampus Student Micah Ashford - Barbados Sea Turtles

Bridgetown, Barbados

Graduation: Summer 2018

Hello, everyone, my name is Micah Ashford and I am a Postbaccalaureate eCampus student here at OSU. I currently live in Barbados where I work with the ongoing conservation efforts of hawksbill sea turtles.

Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Redlist due to poaching for their colorful and intricately detailed shell. Nesting habitat for this species also continues to degrade due to coastal development, climate change, invasive species, and loss of viable beach habitat due to beach erosion. This is where the Barbados Sea Turtle Project comes in. My job here is to collect important data that can help spur local authorities into action to prevent further loss of habitat and enable laws that grant this species the protection status it needs to survive and thrive while nesting on Barbados, the second largest nesting population of hawksbills in the western hemisphere.

This experience has taught me a number of things in regards to wildlife conservation and management. First, I learned that wildlife management often involves managing people. Ensuring locals and visitors to the island know what to do and what not do when encountering a sea turtle can mean all the difference between a female nesting or going back into the ocean and performing a "false crawl" (too many false crawls and she could jettison the eggs in the sea!). Second, I learned that when collecting data, the animals and the environment don't often cooperate. Patrolling outside as Hurricane Maria was passing just north of us exemplified the meaning of inclement weather. Lastly, I learned that science isn't perfect and this isn't a lab setting. Variables will occur outside of your control: turtles will return to the sea before you're ready to tag them, a beach may not get patrolled for 10 days because of pending emergencies that need to be dealt with and then you may miss nests.

What matters is that in these situations you do your best and prioritize what you can. At the end of the day, we're not Superman (even though we may want to be). When my time at OSU and this project is complete, I hope to gain employment with a state or federal agency that works in wildlife management. I feel this experience, in addition to previous internships I have been fortunate enough to participate in will prepare me for a career conducting fieldwork, entering data, writing reports and papers, and also interacting with other special interest groups in order to present scientific findings as best as I can.

Official website for The Barbados Sea Turtle Project