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Meet Our Students - Kristen Weil

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

What degree are you pursuing?
M.S.

Who are your academic advisors?
Drs. Christopher Cronan and Rob Lilieholm.

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Mexico

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
Maine seemed like the most beautiful place to move to . The diversity in ecosystems and the abundance of streams and waterways make it a great place to study watershed ecology.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
For my M.S., I will be studying streams in the Penobscot and Adroscoggin watersheds. For four different alternative future scenarios, we will look at which streams will be most at-risk for degradation, hopefully spurring preemptive conservation.

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?
I’m really looking forward to conquering Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial Ecosystems. I also look forward to taking classes on Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why? If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?
During my undergrad I had the opportunity to work with an environmental monitoring program that studied the Rio Grande riparian ecosystem in New Mexico. To help us collect data we brought K-12 students into the field. Not only did we work on creating an informative, robust dataset, but we also instilled a sense of stewardship and an appreciation for science in the students.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Grad school is a lot of work, but be sure to find time and explore Maine as much as possible while you’re out here!

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Absolutely!


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