Friday, January 3, 2014

Arctic char

Some of you know I've been doing my master's research on an introduced population of Arctic char in Colorado. I took a break from the fly rod to get a few of them through the ice today. Since they're such an elegant fish, I thought I'd post some pictures for you all to see. It's been a fun project to get to know these fish that you couldn't normally find without going far north.

And here's a few from last year


  1. I caught a bunch of these when I fished Kamchaka Russia....really beautiful fish and good eating.

  2. I have recently learned of your efforts to track the beautiful fish, and I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me. I am a junior in high school and I have wanted to become a biologist for years now and do the same thing that you do in college. I was wondering if there was any advice you could give me in perusing my dream to fish and study fish?

  3. Hi Jake,
    I'm glad to meet another fish biologist in the works. Obviously you'll need a degree in fisheries, ecology, fish and wildlife, etc. While you're doing your undergraduate degree it is VERY important to get fisheries work experience. Working as a fisheries technician for a lab at your university or a local government agency will give you a critical head start. Work experience combined with good grades will set you up well for fisheries grad school somewhere. Other than that, become familiar with fisheries scientific literature during your undergrad work and learn to emulate the scientific writing style.

  4. Thank you. I was wondering if interning for the D.O.W. over the summer be a good idea?