My name is Susan Bain. I graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. I happened to be speaking with a coworker one afternoon and she told me about her internship at Nourish the Planet. She spoke very highly of the organization, dispelled all my fears and encouraged me to make contact. I think I applied the very next day.

     Friday, my first day, I was introduced to all the systems. I assisted doing the morning water testing and fish feed and then we replanted over 200 baby lettuce plants, put them out in the trailer and reseeded the next batch. I haven’t stopped thinking about the goldfish since the initial introductory tour. I’m hoping I can do static and dynamic population data on the tank; identifying, measuring, perhaps tagging and get a general grasp on the health and growth rates of the population. I’d like to do a little research to get the life history of goldfish as a baseline but as I understand it, to date all we have is mortality data. I’d love to try out the different sampling techniques I learned in school. I think we might be able to get biomass of the goldfish by trawling the animals and measuring water displacement1. I am so excited to be volunteering at Nourish the Planet!!

1Area of a cylinder = 2 · π · r · (r + h), where pi = 3.14, r = radius = diameter/2, h = water height; so….    Biomass = (2πr(r+h with fish)-(2πr(r+h without fish)

– Susan Bain

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