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Meet Our Students - Kate Warner

Kate WarnerWhat year & semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2011

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who are your academic advisors?
Dr. Jasmine Saros and Dr. Mario Teisl

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Environmental Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I chose to attend graduate school at UMaine based on the strong environmental studies program and the opportunities it presented.  Environmental studies is what I had always planned on studying and UMaine’s program stood out.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
The objective of my research is to experimentally investigate how nitrogen enrichment affects nutrient limitation, algal biomass and algal species diversity.  Additionally, I aim to understand the influence of the surrounding landscape on these environmental parameters and how changes propagate down a chain; comparing a set of high nitrogen lakes and streams to low nitrogen lakes and streams.

What has been your favorite class at UMaine so far?
Environmental Aquatic Chemistry has been my favorite class so far because it was challenging and rewarding with real world practicality.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?Conducting the research for my masters in Montana has been the most rewarding because of the hard work and planning that resulted in some great data.

What advice to do you have for prospective graduate students?
Future graduate students should make sure they think hard about what they would like to pursue in graduate school and their long term goals before beginning.  This makes the graduate school experience meaningful, purposeful and more rewarding.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes.


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