Exactly one year ago, fueled by coffee and angst, I tagged my first telemetry brook trout and started what would be an 11-month study on movement and gene expression of four brook trout populations. I had no idea what I was getting myself into (for starters, it was supposed to only last six months). And, as I continue to analyze the data, I’m not entirely sure what I got myself into. But, what I do know is that one year later, a combination of good fortune and effort led to some pretty cool data.
So, what did I learn in the last year?
Having spent much of the last year working outside, I have to admit that it feels a little weird to not be frantically packing and preparing for field work right now. But, as much as I would rather be out in the streams, it’s time to hang up my waders and get to analysis. After all, I need to graduate eventually!