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A New Face at Columbia FWCO
Midwest Region, August 16, 2010
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Heather Calkins with a pallid sturgeon caught while stern trawling the Missouri River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Heather Calkins with a pallid sturgeon caught while stern trawling the Missouri River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Heather Calkins joined the Columbia FWCO crew in mid-August. She gained large river experience while pursuing a Master of Science Degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her graduate research looked at invasive silver carp in the Middle Mississippi River linking habitat selection and phytoplankton consumption to aid in predicting future dispersal capabilities.

While at SIUC, Heather assisted with a US Army Corps of Engineers project to track movement and passage of key riverine species through lock/dam structures, and worked extensively with juvenile sturgeon. Before Carbondale, she received a Fisheries & Wildlife Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and gained a fond interest in fisheries through miscellaneous jobs with the Missouri Department of Conservation and MU graduate students.

Heather enjoys the woods and water and appreciates time with friends and family. She is excited to learn more about large river ecosystems and gain invaluable knowledge from the seasoned staff at Columbia FWCO.


Contact Info: Heather Calkins, 573-445-5001 ext 29, heather_calkins@fws.gov



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