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Meet Our Students - Brianne Du Clos

Brianne LoozeWhat year & semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2012

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who are your academic advisors?
Dr. Cyndy Loftin and Dr. Frank Drummond

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin-Superior
M.S. in Forest Resources, University of Maine

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
Maine has so much to offer, from it’s mountains to it’s extensive coastline. I have really enjoyed exploring this state. The opportunity to study wild blueberries, an important part of Maine’s economy, from a landscape ecology perspective was too good to pass up. The native pollinator project is so appealing because it’s very multidisciplinary, and I am excited to learn about other areas of research concerning effective pollination of wild blueberries and other crops.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
As a landscape ecologist, I am studying the spatial patterns of landscapes surrounding wild blueberry fields to determine what kind of effect landscape pattern has on the ability of native pollinators to successfully pollinate wild blueberry fields.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far? What class are you most looking forward to taking at UMaine?
I really enjoyed the statistics courses I took while working on my Master’s degree. As a new Ph.D. student, I am looking forward to better understanding the field of landscape ecology as I begin my program.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why? If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?
Earning my Master’s degree gave me vital research experience that I will be able to put to use in my PhD program.

What advice to do you have for prospective graduate students?
Get to know as much as you can about a program and find a good fit for you.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes.


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