Amphibian Conservation on Haida Gwaii
John Richardson
New Zealand

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I want the tools to do research that makes a difference to conservation outcomes while advancing scientific knowledge.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The marriage of a world class university, great supervisor and lab group and amazing outdoor opportunities.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

People are very receptive and open to new ideas.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Play music, climb, hike, ski and sea kayak.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Don’t spend every day at the office. Make the most of all the amazing extracurricular activities at UBC! Remember that a graduate degree is a learning experience, if you don’t make mistakes, you’re probably not learning!