Klamath High Schools


Before the close of school for the summer in 2011, Educational Solutions director, Judith Jensen connected members of the Bartholomew Lab and Klamath Falls students to further explore the science associated with the lethal salmon parasite, Ceratomyxa shasta (C. shasta). Over the past six weeks, students had been studying C. shasta ecology and genetics as part of an Educational Solutions project, “Learning Genetics to Save Salmon.”

Dr Jerri Bartholomew, Dr. Sascha Hallett and Dr. Julie Alexander from OSU met with some 70 biology students from Klamath Union (Scott Olsen’s environmental sciences classes, Lana Crumrine’s honor’s biology class), Mazama (Clint Radford’s biological investigation class), and Henley High Schools (Chuck Shannon’s genetics class). The two-day schedule included a full-day field trip, a pot luck dinner & discussion, and demonstrations in Lana Crumrine’s KU classroom.

On the field trip, activities included snorkeling in search of polychaetes, the tiny invertebrate host of C. shasta. The Klamath Dive Team stood by for student safety. Both on the Thursday field trip and the Friday visit to Crumrine’s class, the Bartholomew Lab members set up stations for students to dissect infected Chinook juvenile salmon (brought from OSU), examine polychaetes with a microscope and watch demonstrations of DNA analysis techniques.

At the BBQ pot luck, students got better acquainted with the scientists over ribs and exceptional desserts brought by the students. The students discussed their own ideas of how to solve the problem of C. shasta and asked the scientists many questions.

The occassion was reported in the local Klamath Herald and News: http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/article_11b56d9a-a860-11e0-aa4b-001cc4c002e0.html

Sascha Hallett assisting students
locate myxospores in salmon intestine
Julie Alexander showing students
tiny freshwater polychaetes
Julie explaining all about
polychaete worms
Klamath Union High School students learning how to use common lab equipment.



Again in 2012, but at the other end of the season (late September), the Bartholomew Lab connected with Klamath High School students. Gerri Buckles and Julie Alexander travelled to the town of Keno to access the Klamath River at one of the Bartholomew Lab’s long term monitoring sites.  They met with 30 students from Klamath High School to show them some research in action. 

Gerri demonstrated molecular aspects of C. shasta detection and fish dissections. Julie demonstrated field collection techniques and discussed polychaete ecology with the students. Students were able to demonstrate proficiency in understanding the life cycle of C. shasta and actually FIND the polychaete host in the river section. Such fun!


Educational DVD

Members of the Bartholomew Lab assisted Educational Solutions director, Judith Jensen, in the production of a one-hour DVD, “Saving Salmon: Bringing C. shasta back into Balance” for use in the ES spring 2011 six week high school project “Learning Genetics to Save Salmon.” The DVD explains the complexity of C. shasta science and reviews progress in genetics and ecology. In the first year, some 200 students from Klamath Falls schools, Hoopa Valley High School and Bandon High School participated in the project.


Booth at Da Vinci Days 2013

    Bartholomew Lab members hosting a booth in the DISCOVER OSU section of the Da Vinci Days Festival.