My name is Ian Garrett and I’m currently a graduate student in the Department of Biology here at Portland State University and a native Oregonian, born and raised in the small town of Madras in Central Oregon. I received my bachelor’s degree in 2009 from PSU where I studied biology, geology and geography. During my second year I began assisting Dr. Jason Podrabsky’s in his aquatic vertebrate breeding lab as a work study student. I used this opportunity to begin some of my own research on the life history of an aquatic organism called Austrofundulus limnaeus, a small Venezuelan killifish which was later published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, (Podrabsky et al., 2010)
As a graduate student I’m currently working in the same lab where I continue to explore aquatic life histories, but I have now focused my studies on a species closer to home; Oncorhynchus mykiss, more commonly known as the rainbow trout (resident), or steelhead, (anadromous). Resident O. mykiss complete their life history in fresh water streams, while anadromous O. mykiss are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean only to return to their original streams to spawn as large adults. In an effort to better understand how to manage and protect O. mykiss, my research explores the relationship between gene expression in these two alternate life history forms which can play a crucial role in ecology of many rivers and streams here in the Pacific Northwest.
"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale."
-- Marie Curie