Oh man. I think I’d go with methanogens (a very broad category, I know) because they take the tiniest amount of life-giving force (the worst electron acceptor possible) and manage to flourish.
Class of 2020
What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?
Explore your interests and don’t assume they’re not employable. I’ve seen people with some crazy interests end up getting to do super cool things just because they bothered to explore their interests (I didn’t learn this until pretty late in my time here).
What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?
Don’t waste your time – try things you like so you can figure your life out.
The course that most changed my perspective on the world ...
ANTH 4085 – Conservation on a Changing Planet – because this class made me think about conservation differently. The goal is not to protect nature, it’s to allow human life as we know it to continue. Also, people can get screwed over by conservation measures easily and so it’s not as simple as conserve resources. It’s also necessary to transform the way people see their relationships with their resources and with one another.
What would be your ideal job in life?
Working as a researcher focused on bringing ecological findings into practical use for policy makers and companies and people in their daily lives.
What one word best describes my experience in the Odum School of Ecology?