Anna Smith was a participant in the 2017 UBC Three Minute Thesis competition, with her presentation, “Zinc stinks! Olfactory inhibition in juvenile coho salmon”. She also participated in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition, with her presentation, "The smell of fear: The influence of heavy metals on juvenile coho olfaction and behaviour."
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to conduct several research projects through courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. It was through these courses that I discovered a passion for research, which spurred me to undertake a graduate degree and pursue academia. I continue to be curious about the natural world around me and come up with far too many questions than can be answered in a lifetime.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC was one of several universities I considered for my graduate degree. The combination of funding, atmosphere, and supervisor were deciding factors in my choice. Scott Hinch is an excellent scientist in the field of salmon conservation and is a great supervisor. It was ultimately him that made me choose UBC.
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What advice do you have for new graduate students?