Featured blogs and blog posts from students in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.

Melissa Robell - Student

Melissa Robell - Mel Takes Brazil

"I'm really excited to do a 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 Clair - PDX Wildlife

...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!

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.

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.

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.

Natasha Peters - Adventure of Learning

I began [an Ecampus class] in Fall of 2014, and will be graduating this summer 2016, and have received numerous Dean’s Award for academic success as well as prestigious scholarships. I have been taking classes nonstop (every term) since 2014, while at the same time traveling around the world, working, and conducting my own research project. This is due to the freedom and opportunities I have had and am able to take while doing school online, and why the Ecampus program at OSU is so great. 

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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 NewportRenee 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.

sun bearJocelyn 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.