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Meet Our Students - Evan Adams

Even AdamsWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2007

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Brian Olsen

What prior degrees do you have?
B.A. in Biology from Whitman College and a M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine?Why did you choose EES?
I chose UMaine because of my interest in bird migration research and the expertise of faculty here. EES interested me because I liked the idea of a broad-spectrum ecology degree.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
The migratory physiology and ecology of the Blackpoll warbler, an extremely long distance migrant whose populations are in decline.  This research is highly interdisciplinary by necessity; the physiological processes that underpin migration can be quite complex.  However, the benefits of such research can be great for conservation efforts as they can help solve problems like estimating stopover habitat quality and quantifying the degree to which interactions occur among migratory life stages.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
BIO 597 Special Topics: Vertebrate Endocrinology with Dr. Rebecca Holberton and MAT 500: Multivariate Statistics with Dr. Bill Halteman.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
Starting my own research in southern Florida where I worked with many collaborators to develop and answer interesting questions about bird migration.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Have passion and focus.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
No.


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