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Meet Our Students - Alex Bajcz

Alex BajczWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2012

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Frank Drummond

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Environment from University of Michigan, M.S. in Terrestrial Ecosystems from University of Michigan

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I wish to study fitness and reproductive ecology in fruiting plants, and it worked out that I was able to find an advisor interested in these issues here as well. I chose EES because I would consider myself an “Ecologist” first and foremost and so I want my top degree to be one called “Ecology.” Plus, I want to be an ecology professor at some future point, so I felt like having a Ph.D would be vital.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
I am studying responses to genetic and environmental factors in terms of resource allocation to and investment strategies in lowbush blueberry reproductive structures.

What has been your favorite class at UMaine so far? If you are new to UMaine, what classes are you most looking forward to taking at UMaine?
Some advanced plant courses! My previous school didn’t have nearly the breadth or depth of them that UMaine has.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why? If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?
To establish myself as a competent researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology in preparation for my future goal of being a research professor on these topics.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Make sure you (can) establish a good working relationship with your faculty advisor. It makes all the difference in the world having an advisor with whom you have synergy!

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes.


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