Caitlin Semmens

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Characterizing Turbulent Exchange Over a Heterogeneous Urban Landscape
Faculty of Arts
Vancouver
Canada
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

My favourite thing to do is learn. Near the end of my undergrad degree (at UBC) I began working in Prof. Andreas Christen's micrometeorology lab, continuing past research on isotope analysis of vehicle emissions and undertaking a directed studies which more broadly focused on urban air. I participated in MURC, took some great courses, met some incredible people, and became very excited about the work I was doing. I decided I really wasn't ready to leave UBC.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

Logistically, it made sense because my home is Vancouver. But more importantly, I wanted to test myself and get as much as I could out of my education, and I felt UBC was really the best place to do this.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Whenever I can catch a break, my favourite thing to do is hunker down with a good video game. I also read a lot and spend a good deal of time out in nature!

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Be excited about your work. Be ambitious and learn new (sometimes scary) things. Most importantly, don't get "lost" in your work – try to keep in mind what comes next and where you want to go from here.