Noah Khalsa appreciates the emphasis on involving undergraduate students in research, at UAF

Undergraduate student Noah Khalsa provides a glimpse into his research experiences with fish ecology at UAF.

Noah Khalsa

Name: Noah Khalsa

Hometown: Ester, Alaska

Tell us about a recent project you worked on The most recent project I worked on was my senior thesis, which is about to be submitted to a journal for publication. For my senior thesis, I coupled high-frequency multivariate oceanographic time-series data for pH, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen with fish catch data in the nearshore Beaufort Sea, AK. This work significantly advanced knowledge about Arctic fish ecology by establishing habitat preference thresholds and drivers of catch for eighteen fish species occupying a region currently undergoing unprecedented environmental change. 

What is the best selling point about your major that you would like others to know? The BS in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is a very multifaceted major which gives you experience that can be applicable to many careers related to natural resource management and fisheries. Additionally, the faculty are passionate about their craft and getting students excited about the field, which helps a lot with learning.

Who or what inspired your interest in your major? The primary reason why I switched into my major was because of my fascination with issues of fisheries management and conservation raised in FISH 103 The Harvest of the Sea.  

What has been your best experience with working in your major or conducting research? By working in my major and in research, I have had the privilege of working with many faculty on a wide array of projects. By doing so, I have been able to develop a diverse skillset, and explore my interests, ultimately leading me down my current path in graduate school.

What is your favorite animal? It’s a three way tie between snow-shoe hair, Chinook salmon, and American lobster.

What is your favorite thing about UAF? The sense of community, and emphasis on involving undergraduate students in research have been my favorite aspects of UAF.

Do you have advice for anyone who may have an interest in pursuing
your major?
Get involved early with research, and take as much statistics as you can stomach.

Anything else about your experience that you'd like to share with us? I am grateful to URSA and BLaST for helping open my eyes to the research world, and shaping the trajectory of my career. I highly recommend both programs to any student looking to become involved in research.