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01 September 2021

A Bittersweet Return to Civilization

I excitedly waited for the parade to start. My arm hung out of the side of our “float”, a pickup truck adorned with two wooden side panels depicting Alaska wildlife. I fiddled with a kit-kat…
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26 August 2021

End of Summer wrap-up

My internship with the Directorate Fellows Program for the USFWS is coming to a close. Since this was my first experience working for the federal government the sky was the limit for learning the system.…
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09 August 2021

Being Intentional

Having grown up in the lower 48 I feel like there is a real disconnect between Alaska and here. especially in the things you learn about. When in Alaska I learned a lot about the…
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07 August 2021

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Wow. Just like that, the summer has passed. I complete an internship of a lifetime next week. It’s bittersweet – but I am very proud of what I have accomplished despite my initial feeling of…
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07 August 2021

Longfin Smelt and Zooplankton in the San Francisco Estuary

Zooplankton are an important part of the San Francisco Estuary food web. Zooplankton are small (often crustaceous) organisms that feed on phytoplankton (algae) in the water. Phytoplankton derive their energy from the sun. Zooplankton filter…
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07 August 2021

Longfin Smelt and Freshwater Outflow in the San Francisco Estuary

To understand why longfin smelt have been in decline in recent decades we must familiarize ourselves with the life history of this unique fish. Longfin smelt are an anadromous fish species, meaning that they migrate…
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