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Meet Our Students - Shannon Chapin

Shannon ChaplinWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Spring 2012

What degree are you pursuing?

Who are your academic advisors?
Dr. Cynthia Loftin and Dr. Frank Drummond

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Environmental Geography with minors in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Climatology from Pennsylvania State University; Graduate Certificate in GIS/Remote Sensing from Humboldt State University

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I had worked part-time as a GIS specialist for Cyndy Loftin before starting and discussed the possibility  with her of returning to school to pursue my master’s degree.  She had just received funding for a project looking at the landscape ecology of native bees, which was right up my alley.  I chose EES because of the flexibility it allows with coursework.  I wanted to be able to take a combination of spatial and ecology based courses, and it has turned out to be a good fit for me.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
I’m looking forward to taking BIO 597 Large Scale Ecology with Dr. Brian McGill in the fall. I enjoy looking at the big picture.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
My research goals are to continue to explore the effect that landscape pattern has on native bee abundance.

 What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Make sure it is the right fit.  Whether you’re doing a M.S. or a Ph.D., your research will consume a large portion of your waking hours.  Make sure you’re going to enjoy it!

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?

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