Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue graduate studies because I really enjoyed studying different facets of animal physiology and biology. I became particularly drawn to graduate studies after volunteering as a research assistant for a few years and eventually performing my own research during my undergraduate thesis project. I have always wanted to learn as much as I could about animals, not only to further my own knowledge, but to contribute to conservation efforts. I figured that the best way to do so was to find applications for biological models that can potentially reduce human impact. I also believe that my graduate studies will give me a better understanding of animal biology, such that I can then share my knowledge of the subject with the others in hopes that this will inspire them to preserve the environment as well.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I chose to study at UBC for a number of reasons; first and foremost was that I found several potential supervisors whose research interests aligned well with my own. The people with whom I communicated, both current and past UBC faculty and students, struck me as very friendly, helpful and caring. This added to my desire to join the UBC research community. Additionally, the school is highly ranked and came strongly recommended: it has many interesting areas of study within my field of interest, and a beautiful campus, among other things.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
In my spare time I enjoy letting off some steam by playing hockey in a competitive women's hockey league. I also enjoy drawing, hiking, climbing, snowboarding, biking, hanging out on the beach, and checking out all the wildlife in my surroundings.