Samantha Davis: PhD Candidate in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

News Date: 

Thursday, June 2, 2016


This month's Spotlight features Samantha, a former Aquatic Biology and French double major who's now diving into the turquoise seas of Moorea to research the protection of coral reefs.

Samantha, on the challenges of graduate school:

"...In grad school, you design your own project and you are responsible for it. There are people who advise you along the way, but you're ultimately guiding yourself. To have that level of responsibility, and starting out totally clueless, it's been one of the most personally challenging things I've ever done. You come face-to-face with your strengths and weaknesses."

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Samantha welcomes UCSB students to contact her via LinkedIn for mentorship and with questions about grad school or the field of ecology. Requests to review applications or inquiries about open positions will not be responded to.


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Editor: Brandilyn Gilbert, Academic Advisor