|Kira collecting genetic samples from|
Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon
The field of science has allowed me to travel many places already and it could take me anywhere in the world in the future. At Biscayne, I was privileged to scuba dive on some of the most pristine coral reefs in the U.S., removing invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles), monitoring algae growth on coral heads, and documenting the population dynamics of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus). At Crater Lake, I worked to assess the chemical and biological health of the lake by netting and trapping invasive fish and crayfish, collecting water samples for lab analysis, and installing equipment that will allow scientists to monitor the lake year-round.
Currently my job is to go out into the field and gather information for new and ongoing projects. The best part of my job is that I don’t have one set thing I do. Here is a short list of things I could be asked to do on any given day:
- Work on the urban stream WRIA-8 project (collecting fish and habitat information)
- Organize/fix/maintain field equipment
- Strap on my waders for a river survey
- Don my dry suit to snorkel for freshwater mussels or for a night fish survey in the lake
- Collect fish for brood stock at a hatchery
- Collect genetic samples,
- Bio-sample and retrieve coded wire tags (CWT’s) from adult fish and enter information into an international database
- Remove and relocate endangered fish
- Work in the lab
- Assist other departments on projects they have going on
In short, my job is to be versatile.
|Kira assisting with an elk capture with state|
and tribal employees
I tell everyone to follow their dreams. I am living my dream.
--Kira Mazzi, Biological Science Technician