I have been thinking about this question for weeks…and have not settled on an answer. I recently took a plant taxonomy class, and the more I learned, the more plants blow my mind. I do have a fascination with anything in the Fabaceae family and Azolla.
April Tsao McCoy
Class of 2020
What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?
Take moments to appreciate what you and your peers have accomplished, remember to sit in the grass every once and a while and take a deep breath, and it is always worth it to at least try to ask for an extension.
What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?
You are resilient, but you still need to take moments to care for yourself.
The course that most changed my perspective on the world ...
Restoration Ecology with Dr. King. The complexity of ecological problem solving that was compiled from numerous sources was overwhelming but so intriguing. The course opened my mind a little about how much goes into just one step of any restoration project. Although that can seem daunting and defeating, it also makes me optimistic about the resilience of ecosystems and people (something I think we often need to remind ourselves of).
What would be your ideal job in life?
I would love to work in agro-ecology specifically focusing on urban community farms. I would love to take part in researching what makes small scale farms work in a variety of communities, help educate communities about them, and advocate for food equity.
What one word best describes my experience in the Odum School of Ecology?
What was the most fun during your years in Ecology at UGA?