Amanda Peterson (Agosta)
Master's Candidate in Animal Biology
B.S. Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology with University of California, Davis, 2017
Growing up fishing at a young age, I understand the thrill of catching a range of fish from the species to freshwater species like rockfish, trout and bass. Obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Wildlife Fish & Conservation Biology opened my eyes to the dangers nonnative species may pose on native California fishes. I am broadly interested in the ecology of game species including Chinook salmon, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and striped bass. Specifically, I have developed a special interest in the ecology and fish movement of native species, and how invasive species may be affecting those aspects.
Through my scientific career, I have helped conduct louver entrainment experiments, critical thermal maxima experiments, and growth experiments to understand what physiological traits may be limiting the population growth of imperiled species including green sturgeon, Delta smelt and Chinook salmon. Currently, I am a Masters student co-advised by Dr. Nann Fangue and Dr. Andrew Rypel studying predation rates in flooded islands and survival of juvenile spring-run Chinook Salmon through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.