Grant Thomas Foster

Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Marine Biology emphasis

summa cum laude with Highest Honors

The most intriguing organism...

I really love starfish. It’s cool how perspective completely changes how we view them; to us they’re essentially cute, slowly moving rocks, while to most things on the sea floor they’re voracious predators.

Grant Thomas Foster

Class of 2020

What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?​

Do anything, but do something! Both within Odum and within UGA there are opportunities to do so many more things than you could ever imagine, you just have to be intentional to chase after them! You’ll hear about opportunities in class, from friends, from Misha, on job boards, anywhere! If something sounds interesting, do it! Whether that’s a club, a volunteer opportunity, a job, a trip, a concert, or anything else, get involved in as many things as you can!

What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?​

I’ve been told countless variations of “Cast a wide net” and “Try as much as you can while you can” by a number of people, and it’s been great advice every time.

The course that most changed my perspective on the world ...

I took Conservation Ecology the first semester my freshman year and it was like a lightbulb went off. It took all of these things that I’d learned about in high-school biology and said: “This is happening in the world; this is how we know, and this is why it really, really matters!” For me, it took all these concepts out of textbook problems and brought them into a very real world, one that needs people thinking about those things.

What would be your ideal job in life?

Somewhere down the road I’d like to both do ecology research and teach as a professor.

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?​

I loved every single day of my time at UGA Costa Rica. I made incredible friends, saw so many incredible ecosystems, and learned more about the natural world this semester than any other hands down. Every day was an adventure that I am still so thankful for.

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