As long as I can remember I told my parents that I wanted to be a marine biologist. They realized it wasn’t a phase when I was 14 and turned my room into a mini aquarium exhibit. It was filled with beautiful guppies, zebra fish, platys, mollies, Otocinclus, enormous Plecostomus, and at one point I even had northern leopard and bullfrog tadpoles; I was fascinated by their metamorphosis process.
My sophomore year at Clark, I was part of a stickleback food competition project involving threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). That summer (2012) I started working in the Foster/Baker lab and never turned back. Since starting in the lab I have worked on a number of projects, including research involving behavior, endurance, and, my primary project, morphometric evaluation of stickleback populations.
In the latter research, I am leading a group of younger students in the morphological characterization of our Pacific Northwest stickleback collection. In the summer of 2013, I will be traveling to Bonne Bay Marine Station in Newfoundland, Canada with Dr. Baker, Melissa Graham, Jenna Kosmo, Emma O’Melia, and Dr. Eric Shultz, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, to collect stickleback for morphological characterization. I will be working on the morphological comparison between the Pacific Northwest and the Bonne Bay collections (Northeast) for my MS thesis.
Outside the Laboratory: I have a passion for cooking. I rarely make the same thing twice. I love being outside whether its at the beach getting a tan or hiking on nature trails. Also it’s hard to find me without at least one headphone in my ear. I enjoy listening to music whether it’s relaxing to some country or dancing to some techno/hip-hop.
- LEEP Pioneer Award, Clark University, 2013
- Maurine Milburn Research Fellowship Award, 2013
Send Jason an email at JMoreira@clarku.edu