Electrofishing was shockingly cool…

Nah because my puns are on point.

I’m a bit behind on my blogs, but this is for the week of July 13th! This week I got to work with the University of Northern Arkansas and some local high schools to teach some of the science-oriented students about the activities an environmental scientist might do! We started off the day electrofishing in Mill Creek and taught the kids how to do population composition calculations based on surveying sites on the creek rather than the whole thing. Most of the fish they caught were tiny shiners or darters, for the purposes of the workshop. When I got the electrode after the kids were done, I was allowed to fish the main river, where I caught several bluegill, some smallmouth, and this massive crawfish.

After electrofishing, the other intern (Jasmine) and I were offered to teach all the students how to dissect a dogfish shark. Although I’ve never dissected a dogfish, I’m quite familiar with the techniques and procedures that go along with all dissections, so it was quite simple to teach the students. We helped them identify structures and systems and helped them understand why each organ is used in marine biology AND terrestrial biology. More than 3/4 of the class hadn’t ever dissected anything, so it was cool to introduce them to one of my favorite parts about being a biology major.

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