Samuel Starko

 
Phylogenomics and evolutionary ecology of kelps
Patrick Martone
Vancouver
Canada
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have always been curious about how life "works," and the more I learn, the more I realize how little we know about some topics. I like the idea of being the first person to arrive at an answer to some of these questions.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a world-class institution and one of the most active in the field of evolutionary biology.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I look forward to the botany exit seminar, at which time I will have the opportunity to present the entire body of research included in my thesis.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

No one knows exactly what they are doing at first, and there can be a lot of trial and error. If you feel lost, you are not alone, just keep on with your curiosity and you will find your niche (no pun intended).