After graduating from Jacksonville University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Science, and a minor in photography, Anna Tripp '20 began an internship studying the protected species of sockeye salmon with the Student Conservation Association as a fishery technician in Sitka, AK for the U.S. Forest Service.
This experience grew Tripp as both a field research scientist and artist, where she was able to photograph wildlife and landscapes, and incorporate the photography techniques she learned into the scientific work that she loves. Her work is being published in a local magazine in Sitka and is being used in materials for the Forest Service.
Tripp is not only a scientist and established artist, but also a featured scientist on conservationist Jeff Corwin’s ABC show called Wildlife Nation. In this episode, Tripp teaches Corwin about the importance of protecting sockeye salmon, and how they are the foundation for much of Alaska's ecosystem and economy. The episode aired Jan. 22, 2022.
“I was beyond thrilled to help and be a part of this episode. I had the opportunity to work along Jeff Corwin whose conservation efforts I have admired since I was a kid. It was even more special to have both my colleague and me in the episode since we are the only two women in the Fish & Aquatic Ecology Program in the U.S. Forest Service Sitka Ranger District,” said Tripp.