Ian Barnes

In 2020 I graduated from Washington State University undergraduate degree in Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences from the School of the Environment. Currently, I am a seasonal technician with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. I work on the upper Columbia river doing northern pike suppression, carp suppression on Lake Spokane/Long Lake, and redband trout monitoring in tributaries in the upper Columbia River basin.

During my time at WSU, I worked with Amanda Stahl as a field technician. We flew drones to estimate vegetation biomass and species composition of a riparian area at Hudson Biological Reserve (Smoot Hill) near Pullman, WA. See the video below. I learned about flying drones, image analysis, DGPS and field sampling. I hope to publish our error analysis in the coming year.

I’m from a small town in northern Idaho called Priest River where I spent the first 18 years of my life hunting, fishing, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I hope to pursue a career in fisheries, stream ecology, or remote sensing.

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