Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my undergrad degree (BSc in Natural Resource Conservation, UBC Faulty of Forestry) I volunteered in Scott Hinch's Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab. This opened my eyes to the world of graduate degrees, and exciting opportunities to work with fish within. Dr. Hinch is a world class salmonid researcher, and I jumped at the opportunity to join his lab.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I grew up in British Columbia, and the fish populations in this province are close to my heart. I wanted to work directly with the species I grew up with, and the Hinch lab at UBC is the perfect place to do so. Dr. Hinch works on many salmonid species with a range of fisheries issues from climate change to fishing gear interactions.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I chose to do my PhD in the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory due to the exciting research my supervisor Dr. Scott Hinch is leading. In addition, I have many wonderful colleagues working on important fisheries conservation questions. The Hinch lab produces research that is applied to fisheries management problems, and has a substantial impact on the welfare of BC's fish populations.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Immersing myself in my research topic. I've been an angler my whole life, and working on something I am so passionate about has been essential.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
When I'm not working on my PhD, you can find me fly fishing in the rivers of Vancouver island.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Pick a research area you are passionate about. Grad school can be tough, and I have found it quite important to be working on something that is important to you.