Richard Matthew Hull

Bachelor of Science in Ecology

Minor in Plant Biology

magna cum laude

The most intriguing organism...

I’d say plants in general since it is too difficult to pick a specific one; as for why I’d pick plants, I think that they represent a vast and beautiful sector of biodiversity that still has many unknowns to explore.

Richard Matthew Hull

Class of 2020

What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?​

1) Get involved in research early; 2) Get socially involved in school.

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

Focus on relationships and hobbies outside of school while still doing school; have a life, in other words!

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

This probably isn’t a typical choice, but I’ll go with General Chemistry I: the world isn’t fair…

What would be your ideal job in life?

At this point with my career trajectory, I would probably choose to be a teaching biology professor at a liberal arts university. However, if graduate school doesn’t completely dissuade me and I think I can deal with the stress of being an R1 research professor, maybe I’ll try that if I do well enough in school the rest of the way.

What one word best describes my experience in the Odum School of Ecology?

Discovery

What was the most fun during your years in Ecology at UGA?​

I’m a bit of a plant nerd, so I’d have to say my research study on the vascular plants of Cherokee County, GA, coupled with my internship and work experiences at the UGA Herbarium, despite it technically not being with the School of Ecology.

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