OGDEN — Weber State University faculty member Chris Hoagstrom is a multitasker — he’s found a way to conduct local field studies in his area of interest, assist the state in its conservation efforts, train student researchers and beat the summer heat, all at the same time.
Hoagstrom, an assistant zoology professor, visits small — and often isolated — streams along the Wasatch Front between Brigham City and Bountiful. He and his students pull on waders to document the variety of fish, if any, in the more than 30 streams they have visited over the past three years.
“From a conservation standpoint, it’s important to study our smaller creeks. The more we know about what size creek it takes to support a trout population, the more we understand what the needs of the fish are,” Hoagstrom said.