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Meet Our Students - Sonja Birthisel

Sonja BirthiselWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2011

What degree are you pursuing?

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Eric Gallandt

What prior degrees do you have?
B.A. in Biology from Luther College

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I chose UMaine for two reasons:  a) the great sustainable agriculture research being done here, and b) the interdisciplinary nature of the EES program, which allows me the freedom to explore my diverse interests in agricultural science, evolutionary biology, mathematical modeling, and STEM education.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
I am studying the effects of space and habitat variability agricultural weed seed predation, an ecosystem service that may be of benefit to Maine organic farmers.

What has been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
BIO 597 Sexual Selection with Dr. Brian Olsen.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
Every goal met, project completed, or problem solved is immensely rewarding; that’s the thing I love most about research!

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Keep calm and drink tea.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?

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