Biological Sciences Technician, FRESC, Corvallis, Oregon
U.S. Geological Survey
How John Pierce got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I started out as a volunteer with Dr. Eagles-Smith, and after a few weeks he brought me on as a STEP worker. I found out about the program from a family friend who is an Ornithologist with USGS.
The field work that I have been able to take part in has been very memorable. I was able to spend last summer sampling fish along the Willamette River in Oregon and this summer am sampling Grebes on lakes across California.
John Pierce's accomplishments
I have gained a great deal of experience in working in a lab environment as well as carrying out field research. I think that the skills that I have gained in my time with USGS will be very useful in future endeavors. I really enjoy being part of a team that works together to make science happen.
John Pierce's next steps
After I finish my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife I would like to go on and work towards getting a Masters. The work that I have done as a STEP worker has interested me in contaminent ecology and the ways in which contaminents move through energetic pathways in an ecosystem.
Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon
School: Oregon State University
Major: Fisheries and Wildlife