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Meet Our Students - Jared Homola

HomolaWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2013

 What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor/s?
Dr. Michael Kinnison

What prior degrees do you have?
B.Sc. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University
M.Sc. in Biology with Aquatic Science emphasis from Grand Valley State University

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
UMaine and EES offer an excellent environment for collaborative and interdisciplinary studies as well as the technical resources required to perform impactful research.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on (in 50 words or less).
My dissertation research will develop eco-evolutionary models focused on how abrupt climate change can impact persistence of ecologically important species and the genetic basis for the ecosystem services they provide. Study systems include vernal pool amphibians located throughout eastern Maine.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far? If you are new to UMaine, which classes are you most looking forward to taking?
During my first semester at UMaine, I have especially enjoyed taking Eco 581 – Agent Based Modeling. I look forward to courses that encourage further development of my quantitative ecology skill set.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why? If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?
Before coming to UMaine, I have felt most rewarded through undergraduate mentoring experiences and the publication of independently developed research.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Be sure to experience all aspects of your disciple that may interest you before deciding on the specialty to dedicate your academic and professional life to.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes


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