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Meet Our Students - Eric Venturini

Eric VenturiniWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Spring 2012

What degree are you pursuing?
M.S.

Who is your academic advisor?
Frank Drummond

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. Ecology and Environmental Science,  University of Maine

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
Several reasons, not least of which is my love of the state of Maine.  EES allowed me to pursue my academic career in a more interdisciplinary way than otherwise possible.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
My project focuses primarily on two aspects of planting forage for native bees in crop fields. First, do forage plantings actually increase native bee populations, fruit set, and yield in adjacent blueberry fields? Second, what are the best methods for establishing these flower mixes adjacent to blueberry fields?

What has been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
WLE 423 Wetland Ecology and Conservation with Dr. Aram Calhoun and BIO 511: Insect Ecology with Frank Drummond and Andrei Alyokhin.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
Getting the opportunity to work with Maine’s blueberry growers.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Start small and keep your project manageable.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes.


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