Erik McDonald, M.S.

Lecturer

Specialty: Aquatic Ecology

McDonald, Erik

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: SCI 102D
Phone: 253-692-4667
Email: emcdonal@uw.edu

Degrees

  • M.S., Biological Sciences, Central Michigan University, 2008.
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Central Washington University, 2006.

Biography

As an undergrad, I gained valuable fisheries experience with juvenile Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). We were looking at the abundance, diet and habitat use of juvenile salmon in the Yakima, Cle Elem and Teanaway Rivers. This was achieved by doing snorkel surveys, measuring microhabitat characteristics and doing gastric lavages (stomach pumping). I also worked on a PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tagging program run by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We collected juvenile Chinook salmon with beach seines and purse seines in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. Juveniles were then tagged on shore and released a short time later. I went on to study the diet, growth and habitat use of larval fishes in the Detroit River (a connecting channel between Lake Huron and Lake Erie). This project included collaborators from both Central Michigan University and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Research

In graduate school, I studied the habitat use of larval fishes in the Detroit River (a connecting channel between Lake Huron and Lake Erie). I am not currently doing research.

Teaching

I primarily teach TESC 120 (Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Biodiversity), TESC 434 (Biology, History, and Politics of Salmon...), TESC 110 (General Biology), and a Core class about urbanization and aquatic ecosystems.

Affiliations

I occasionally volunteer with the Foss Waterway Seaport (FWS). Many of my students also work with FWS.

Professional Service

Julie Miller and I are currently working with Washington State Parks to provide UWT students with internship opportunities that will ultimately improve several local parks.