Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Throughout my Bachelor and Master studies, I enjoyed every opportunity to be in touch with research, as part of a lab team, as a participant in a conference or onboard a research vessel 100 miles away from home. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in order to continue fundamental and environmental research on an animal group that is in most occasion overlooked.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to come to UBC and work in the group of Prof. Evgeny Pakhomov to continue my studies on gelatinous zooplankton (GZ) and their functional links in coastal food webs. Fascinated by this topic since a talk by my former supervisor at my alma mater in 2011, I persistently tried to get more and more involved in this still young research field in marine biology. After some years working on GZ and other invertebrates in Denmark, I identified UBC as one of the best places to perform world-class research in experimental and analytical marine biology.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Already the promotion video saying 'UBC - a place of mind' points towards a very essential part of research that is often forgotten during daily routines: Open your mind! A place, where burning topics can be discussed boundlessly and close proximity to a fantastic nature seems to be right for me.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I will start my Ph.D. in September 2018 and look forward very much to be in this beautiful city and get started in the many easily accessible outdoor activities, whether on the ocean, in the mountains, or in the forest.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
If you really want to reach a goal, you will always achieve it with a certain amount of patience, endurance, flexibility and persistency.