Biological Science Aid, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Leanna Jackan got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I became a biological science aid when I applied for a summer research position through my university. There was a flier in the science building advertising that positions were available at the USGS through a partnership research project between Viterbo University and the USGS. I was then rehired for a second summer. After the second summer was done, my employment was extended into the school year.
 
Experience
One experience that was a highlight for me was completing the first summer research project and then being able to present that research at the Aquaculture America conference in San Diego, California.
 
Leanna Jackan's accomplishments
Working as a biological science aid I have accomplished many things. I’ve learned a lot about different fish species (both native and invasive), the importance and challenges of using fishery anesthetics, the effects of estrogen on fish, how to design and implement research projects, how to collect and analyze data, the list is endless!
 
Leanna Jackan's next steps
After I finish my undergraduate degree I hope to go on to graduate school and earn a Master’s degree. I would like to connect people to their world by working in environmental education.
 
Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
School: Viterbo University
Major: Biology