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Meet Our Students - Garth Holman

Holman_2010What year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2008

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Christopher Campbell

What prior degrees do you have?
BA Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic
Graduate Certificate, Environmental Education and Natural Science, Teton Science School and Utah State University

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I wanted to pursue a interdisciplinary graduate degree focused on the evolution of plants, and stay on the east coast. I found a great advisor at the University of Maine.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
My thesis is focused on the evolutionary history of the pine family, including the relationships between the eleven genera, and also species level relationships within the hemlocks and true firs.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
Disturbance ecology, tree pests and diseases, structure and function of plant genomes

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
A long-term collaboration with several other research groups on the NSF funded Gymnosperm Tree of Life project.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Get into the habit of knocking on lots of doors. Find the time to schedule meetings with different faculty members whose research programs interest you to discuss their work, and how you might be able to participate in their labs.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
No.


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