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Meet Our Students - Eric Doucette

Eric DoucetteWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2010

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Christopher Campbell

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Botany from UMaine in 2008

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I wanted to pursue an advanced degree in Botany and Plant Systematics and came back to UMaine after having received my B.S. in Botany here and working as a professional botanist. The EES program appealed to me on account of the integration of ecology and biology.

Briefly describe to research project you are working on.
My research explores the systematics of North American Amelanchier (shadbushes). I am specifically looking at the relationships of two eastern species A. arborea and A. laevis, and a western species group centered on A. utahensis.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
My favorite grad level classes have been BIO 522: Plant Reproductive Biology taught by Dr. Christopher Campbell and BIO 597: Special Topics in Biology: Speciation taught by Dr. Brian Olsen.


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