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Employee Spotlight
Division of Sport Fish

Dan Bosch, Fishery Biologist III
Area Management Biologist for Anchorage/Prince William Sound/North Gulf Coast Areas

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Education and Background

B.S. Fisheries Science Oregon State University 1987
M.S. Fisheries Science University of Alaska Fairbanks 1995

What brought you to Alaska or where did you grow up in Alaska?

Origin: Western New York. I grew up fishing, trapping and hunting (in that order) with older brothers that all dreamed of coming to Alaska, but I was the only one to make it a permanent home.

Why did you pick this career?

As my mother will testify it was difficult to keep me inside, and I grew up playing in the streams and woods around our home, so it was pretty natural to choose this career path.

What is the best part of your job?

The field work. I think every biologist I know got into this line of work because they grew up outside playing in the streams, lakes, and woods around their home. Alaska has the best of all steams, lakes, and woods to play in, even as an adult.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Being stuck in the office for long periods of time.

Tell us something about your life outside of work - or what drives you as a person.

I continue to be a hunter gatherer, but no longer hunt and fish as much as I used to. I do continue to hike and camp in remote areas. The six or seven week mushroom season in Alaska is fantastic and I forage every day with my dog. Winter time in Alaska goes by much too quickly as I cross-country ski and coach Jr. Nordic skiing from October through April. I am a National Rank Beer Judge and enjoy home brewing and judging home brew competitions.



Nancy Sisinyak, Information Officer II
BOW Coordinator

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Education and Background

BS in Biology
MS in General Science with emphasis on Interpretive Science Writing

What brought you to Alaska or where did you grow up in Alaska?

A man brought me to Alaska…Don’t even ask! But, I practice catch & release, so when that was done, I found that I was hooked on Alaska and stayed for the past 29 years. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA….Go Steelers!

Why did you pick this career?

I went to college late in life. I had a number of “jobs” that kept food on the table prior to going for a degree, but I was never truly happy in them. I have had an affinity for wildlife since early childhood, which was encouraged by an older brother. He was always supplying me with animals (turtles, newts, snakes, raccoon, squirrels, ducks, rabbits, etc.,) We were inner city kids, but my Mom and Dad worked hard and built a cabin on the Allegheny River and that is where I learned to fish and appreciate wildlife. I thought I wanted to be a researcher, but the closer I got to that goal, I realized that I more so wanted to bring biology and the outdoors to other people, especially newbies.

What is the best part of your job?

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program (BOW) and the people I get to work with.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Too much time in front of a computer.

Tell us something about your life outside of work - or what drives you as a person.

Married to a terrific guy, Joe, and have a rambunctious goldendoodle, Mattie. Currently searching for an adult male dog to add to family. Spend most summer off-time at our Gulkana River cabin.



Mike Wood, Fish and Wildlife Technician IV
Regional Access Project Manager/Area Management Assistant

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Education and Background

High School and 1 year general college courses.

What brought you to Alaska or where did you grow up in Alaska?

Born in Nebraska and moved to Ketchikan when I was 3 years old when my father accepted the Ketchikan Area Management Wildlife Biologist position. And for the most part have lived in the Ketchikan area ever since.

Why did you pick this career?

After high school, I wanted to find a job that kept me outside and luckily I landed a seasonal job with Commercial Fish in the summer of 1985 walking streams recovering spaghetti tagged pink and chum salmon. Call me warped, but I fell in love with working on smelly salmon streams and continued working any seasonal job I could get that kept me out there. I finally settled down in the early 90’s full time with the division of Sport Fish working on the Access and Creel Census program and have now replaced the later with Management duties.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with all the great friends I have made throughout the department, assisting the southeast communities with improving angler access, helping the angling public with planning their fishing trips and of course anytime my duties get me out in the field.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Keeping up with technology. I consider myself as old school and things have come a long ways from just a write-n-rain notebook and a tally-whacker.

Tell us something about your life outside of work - or what drives you as a person.

When not at work, you can usually find me on the water somewhere teaching my girls (wife-Janice and daughters Emily and Vanessa) to fish. If not on the water, I’m struggling to tie up ballet hair buns on my daughters, which I’m failing at!

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