Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
"The first semester of my first year I was exposed to field work. I learned basic water-quality testing methods, including measuring pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature; and benthic macro invertebrate sampling. I got to see how biologists sample wild fish populations. I also gained fish and aquatic invertebrate identification skills. This early introduction to field work cemented my interests in biology and taught me many of the skills field biologists should have."
Professor Sherrie Sprangers notes that the combination of an unspoiled coastal location and a faculty committed to hands-on learning is a perfect fit for UMaine-Machias students.
"Evan's field work is a good example of how our programs encourage increasingly sophisticated levels of research. He started studying salmon from a basic ecological viewpoint his first semester here; three years later he’s doing molecular biology, isolating and sequencing salmon genes. I can't think of another undergraduate institution where that’s even possible."
Evan's field work and strong academics led to a position with the Atlantic Salmon Commission the summer of his sophomore year, and with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Sea Lamprey Control Unit the summer of his junior year. Evan is currently enrolled in a master's program at the University of Guelph in Ontario, where he's working on a brook trout project linking specific genes with rates of development.