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Meet Our Students - Jared Stapp

bike tourWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?

Fall, 2013

What degree are you pursuing?

M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Who is your academic advisor?

Dr. Robert Lilieholm

What prior degrees do you have?

B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine?Why did you choose EES?

I chose the University of Maine because of the reputation it has for its environmental sciences.  I get along well with my adviser, and was fortunate to obtain funding for the project I want to be working on.  Also, I am originally from New England and I thought it would be fun to live here again for a couple of years.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.

I am studying community forest resource management issues relating to Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal. 

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?

I have only taken three classes so far and I have enjoyed them all a lot.  If I had to choose one, it would be Rural Communities with Jessica Leahy

 What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?

I did an REU internship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center studying marine plant ecology.  It was there that I was first exposed to the process of doing independent research, and I was fortunate to have great mentors who taught me a lot about good science. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

I would tell them to make sure they work well with their adviser, and are passionate about their research topic.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?

Absolutely.  I worked with graduate students when I was an undergrad and it was a great learning experience.  I would love to pass that along if I have the opportunity. 



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