Another Day, Another Species

Most of my summer here at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been spent doing fish population surveys using the 3-point depletion sampling method. As I have said previously, this sampling method works wonderfully on the 1st order streams in …

Above all Others

After weeks of sampling streams in the park, I couldn’t help but notice that diversity was significantly lacking. Many of our sample sites yielded only brook trout. Of course I’m not complaining about this, given how beautiful and unique these …

A Summer of Shocking

For my project this summer, I am working with the fisheries division with the goal of monitoring populations and productivity of the many fish species found in streams throughout Great Smoky Mountains. Within the park there are almost 70 species …

About My Park

I will be working at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP is located within the parent range of the southern Appalachian Mountains and encompasses land in both eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. GSMNP is the most visited national park …

About Me

My name is Matt and I’m in love with all things aquatic! I grew up in middle Georgia, in the heart of the peach belt, and developed a love for wildlife at an early age. Among some of my favorite …

Matt Butzin

My name is Matthew Butzin. I am currently a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Georgia, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management with a degree concentration in wildlife. Only requiring an additional semester to fulfill …