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"The story of how I became a fisheries biologist is unique and involves a lot of luck. It started when I was preparing to leave the military and determining my next step in life. I spent time thinking and studying different career paths, but knew I wanted to work with wildlife. I determined that I needed to have a supporting career to pay for schooling since I would likely need at least a master’s degree. I left the military and began working towards a nursing degree, remembering to choose classes that would work towards both goals. After a short time getting the pre-requisites for the nursing program taken care of, I found myself running in place and watching many others waste time and money waiting for an opportunity that required a “who you know” push to get into the nursing program."
Alen's journey has had setbacks, but it has been successful as well. With his self-proclaimed luck, and because of Alen's ability to not lose sight of his goals, he can share this tale of success.
You can read more about Alen's journey here!
Photo: Alen Mosley (orange life jacket) working in the field.
Check out this video that Chris Cousins, an undergraduate in fisheries and wildlife, put together showcasing his internship with Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife!
Read about our students and their experiences, challenges, and successes in the classroom and the field. Are you a Fisheries and Wildlife student taking classes in Corvallis or Hatfield with a story to tell? Contact your advisor to find out how!
Postbac student, Kevin Keys, traveled about as far from Corvallis as possible to participate in an internship: Cape Town, South Africa. Follow his journey, There and Back Again: A South African Adventure, where he documents his work with the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) on their effort to eradicate non-native vegetation from the Cape Flats region to protect the endangered Cape Flats Dune Standveld. The project uses eland, a type of antelope that were extirpated from the area about 200 years ago, to help conserve and manage the floral biodiversity in the region.
Do you want to know about the ecology, behavior, health, and conservation of marine megafauna including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, and sharks? Then follow the GEMM Lab’s blog to read what students and researchers are learning, the conservation impacts of their studies, or just hear what life in the field and lab is like.
Jackie has a spark for adventure with a drive to spur discussion and connect you to stories on conservation, human-nature relations, and cultural diversity. Through her website, she covers a variety of topics such as life as a graduate student and her experience rehabilitating howler monkeys in Panama.
Ali’s internship with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia is giving her the real-world experiences she’s been hoping for – learning about human-wildlife conflict, wildlife rehabilitation and public education – all in an international setting. Interacting with locals, medical professionals, educators – and of course, cheetahs – all add up to an educational experience you can’t get in the classroom.
...my 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
If you have a blog you would like to share here, contact your advisor and let them know!
Read about our Ecampus students and their experiences, challenges, and successes in the classroom and the field. Are you an Ecampus student with a story to tell? Contact your advisor to find out how!
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.
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.
I’m glad I found Oregon State University. Transitioning to a new career takes planning and doesn’t happen overnight. But, OSU’s team of academic advisors and professors in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department were fantastic and helped make my transition a reality. I highly recommend OSU Ecampus for those who want a great education and the flexibility that meets the needs of a working life.