Alaska Salmon Program

FISH 491

Aquatic Ecological Research in Alaska

Offered Summer quarter in even years, typically ~July 18-Sept 1.

This course is open to upper division UW undergraduate students in the natural sciences who demonstrate an interest in aquatic ecology. Students will live and work at the Alaska Salmon Program field stations in Bristol Bay, AK for 4-6 weeks, depending on the year and duration of the course. The course is co-taught by Tom Quinn, Daniel Schindler, and Ray Hilborn.

The AERA class is an intensive, full-time research training experience where a team of students works on focused research problems guided by a group of faculty, staff, postdoctoral, and graduate student mentors. Course topics include behavioral ecology of salmonids, limnology, and population dynamics. Workload expectations vary from year to year, but typically students are expected to produce 3 papers (1 per course topic). Students also choose specific research questions for their own exploration.

Contact Tom Quinn for more information (