A self-described “desert rat,” Tracy Diver is a fish biologist at the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center (SNARRC) in Dexter, New Mexico. Her specialty is genetics and she is fully immersed in research that she finds quite gratifying.
My work with rare desert fishes is challenging and invigorating, and I am fortunate to work with so many people who wish to conserve our natural world,” says Diver. “Nearly every day is a good work day for me.
Her work day may involve microscopes and statistical analyses; all with an eye to learn more about imperiled fishes found in the Southwest. She’s researched the genetic diversity of two small rare minnows, the Guzmán beautiful shiner and Yaqui beautiful shiner; studied the relationship of Colorado pikeminnow and bonytail to growth rates; and will soon research the reproductive ecology of humpback chub.
The most influential people in Diver’s life were her parents, both scientists. Her mother’s success in horticulture stands as an inspiration and a strong example to never give up. And toward that end, Diver says this for young women: “Pursue a career you are passionate about—and never give up on your goals.”
Learn more about the SNARRC here. www.fws.gov/southwest/fisheries/dexter/research.html
March is Women’s History Month. We would like to recognize women in our ranks conserving our natural resources in the Fish and Wildlife Service. See others at www.flickr.com/groups/womeninscience/pool/.
Reprinted with permission from USFWS