March 20, 2018
Clara Jenck had a brilliant idea to use her SUP in her study of fish. Working on her Masters Degree, Clara decided to use her standup paddle board to get to those hard to find places only accessible by water. In this way she could collect critical research samples that would have been difficult or nearly impossible to collect otherwise.
ENVIRONMENT | HOW ONE STUDENT IS USING SUP TO STUDY FISH
By SUP Magazine
Interview by Caitlin Looby
Photos by Aaron Black-Schmidt
Last summer, researcher and University of Denver Masters Degree student Clara Jenck was lugging fishing gear and loaded buckets through thick backwood brush to her field site when she had an epiphany.
Instead of conducting her graduate work from land, why not do it from a paddleboard? It would give her better access to the fish, double as a portable lab bench and even keep those pesky thorns out of her socks. For a student whose research involves analyzing the reproductive habits of freshwater fish, SUP makes perfect sense.
This summer, Jenck is taking her theory to the water. She’s headed to the Pacific Northwest with plans to use a standup paddleboard to collect samples of the threespine stickleback--a small, freshwater fish species--and evaluate their evolving mating habits. Her research could reveal critical insight about the future of the species and may help save it from dying off. We caught up with Jenck to talk about her cause and learn more about how she’s using SUP for science.
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