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Meet Dan Esler

Scientist, US Geological Survey Alaska Science Center

Dan Esler

Dan's role in Gulf Watch Alaska:

Lingering Oil Program Principal Investigator

Important skills for his position:

Ability to stay warm in the winter!

Challenges in his work:

"Any time you’re working with wild animals, it’s always a challenge… it requires a bit of a hunter’s mentality almost, to think about what the animal is thinking and where they are going to be and try to incorporate that into your trap set-up."

Dan's advice to young people interested in science: "Start by volunteering on field projects and getting to know people that are in the business… Do what you can to get into the system and really get to know what a wildlife research career looks like."

Dan Esler describes what he loves about fieldwork in the Gulf of Alaska. (0:37)

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