Marci Koski

Vancouver, WA, US
Field of Work 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Job Title or "Student" 
Supervisory Fish Biologist
Colorado State University
Fishery and Wildlife Biology
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I'm currently a fish biologist working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My primary job entails planning conservation activities for threatened and endangered freshwater fish such as bull trout. For example, we just started a bull trout reintroduction project to restore this threatened fish in a part of their historic range...a place where they hadn't been seen since 1963! Prior to my current position I was working for the Service in their regulatory branch, where I reviewed development projects and worked with project proponents to minimize environmental impacts, particularly in respect to threatened and endangered plants and animals.

I started my path towards a science career by getting a B.S. in Biology (with an emphasis in ecology) from West Chester University, a small university with an outstanding undergraduate program. I loved aquatic ecology and decided to pursue my M.S. in ecology at Colorado State University, where I performed laboratory feeding experiments with kokanee salmon. I continued the project for my PhD in Fishery and Wildlife Biology (also at Colorado State), and wrote my dissertation on kokanee bioenergetics and behavior in the face of environmental change.

I'm passionate about communicating science and conservation awareness to the public, and I also feel strongly that girls should be encouraged to use their brains by embracing their interests, intelligence and curiosity. I share my life with a husband and five cats, and enjoy writing and photography when I'm not at work.
Writing/blogging, Pets, Dance, Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Federal Employee, Other

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