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Fisheries wildlife and conservation sciences

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumnus Bryan Zacher stands in front of a lake's boat ramp with his boat on a trailer.

After the Army, Ecampus student focused on doing what he loves

There was a pit in Bryan Zacher’s stomach as his 22-year Army career came to a close in 2013. He hadn’t put much thought into life after the military, so he jotted down a list of his hobbies: Fishing. Hunting. The great outdoors. Then he had an idea that changed his life trajectory: Turn what you enjoy doing into what you do for a living. That’s how he came to enroll online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences associate professor Brian Sidlauskas stands next to multiple stacked shelves filled with jars of specimens.

Behind the scenes with Brian Sidlauskas, fisheries and wildlife associate professor

“It is a real privilege to be able to reach such a diverse student population and to be able to share the awesomeness of fishes with people who would otherwise lack access to the brick-and-mortar version of my classes,” says Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Associate Professor Brian Sidlauskas.