Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles about students recognized as ‘Outstanding Graduates’ in the 2011 University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) class. The UAS 2011 commencement will be held at 2 p.m. May 1 at the UAS Recreation Center.
Tyler Linderoth came to UAS after completing two years at a community college near his hometown of Sequim, Wash., interested in the opportunities and adventures Alaska had to offer. He leaves in May as UAS’ 2011 outstanding graduate in marine biology.
“I lived on the Olympic Peninsula my entire life and I thought Alaska would be somewhere different,” Linderoth said. “I wanted to study marine biology and the appeal of doing field opportunities [at UAS] was interesting.”
Genetics is the main focus of most of Linderoth’s work.
“I think of genetics as a tool to study ecology and populations,” he said. “Genes are super powerful markers, and I think [using them] makes for a well rounded ecological study.”
Once he’s taken a year off to get organized, Linderoth plans to attend graduate school.
“Right now I’m trying to decide between a couple places for graduate school. I want to get my Ph.D. in evolutionary biology,” said Linderoth. “I want to be a professor because I like the research and I want to stay in academics and teach.”
After being awarded the prestigious Hollings Scholarship from NOAA, Linderoth co-authored, with two UAS faculty, a paper published in an international fish ecology journal. He has excelled in the UAS Research Exchange Undergraduate program, and in independent research on fish responses to climate change. Linderoth has presented his work at a number of professional fisheries and evolution conferences, and has received awards for his poster and oral presentations.
Linderoth is very grateful for his time and experiences at UAS.
“[Education] is what you make of it,” he said. “You get out what you put in. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve been able to publish papers and get one-on-one experience. I’m thankful to my professors Dave Tallmon and Carolyn Bergstrom, and to the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate students at UAS.”
UAS’ 2011 Spring Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. May 1 at the UAS Recreation Center.