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Meet Our Students - Maureen “Mo” Correll

Maureen "Mo" CorrellWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2010

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Brian Olsen and Thomas P. Hodgman (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Biology from The College of William and Mary

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I chose UMaine because my advisor’s research interests and mine lined up well, funding was available, and I was excited to spend part of my life in Maine! I chose EES because of the flexibility of its graduate program.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
I work on a collaborative research project called the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program, which aims to describe and monitor
the health of tidal marsh bird communities on the Atlantic coast from Maine to Virginia.  My dissertation addresses questions about the
biogeography of the Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, and Willet.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
My favorite classes so far have been BIO 597 Advanced Biometry with Dr. Brian McGill and WLE 650 Graduate Seminar: Habitat Analysis with Dr. Dan Harrison.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
My most rewarding research experience so far has been conducting the preliminary analysis for my first research objective, and presenting
on my findings at the Climate Change Institute’s Borns Symposium.

What advice to do you have for prospective graduate students?
Don’t come back to school unless you feel ready, and you know what you want to study! Time off of school is an education in itself.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes


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