Student Focus - Andrew Nelson
I grew up in Las Vegas, and after earning my bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, I came to UMaine where I’ve found professors and academic research in forestry at the top of their fields.
I like the small-town feel of UMaine,but also enjoy that you don’t have to go far to get to Bangor or exploring the Down East coast and northern Maine – and everyone is friendly.
With Professor Robert Wagner as my advisor, I am learning what is required to become a scientist – such as grant writing, designing and managing research programs, and the importance of understanding scientific methodologies.
Currently, I’m studying the ecology and management of beech-dominated northern hardwood stands in Maine, funded by The Henry W. Saunders Chair and UMaine’s Cooperative Forest Research Unit.
I’m set to graduate this summer, but plan to stay at UMaine to earn my doctorate while I work on a project that investigates the role of forest management on carbon sequestration.
When I am not working on my research, I like to kayak and hike. I really enjoy fishing the rivers and lakes around Orono.