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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Maggie Wagner

REU '09

Mentors: Dave Orwig, Audrey Barker-Plotkin

Project: Mortality, coarse woody debris, and nutrient cycling over 20 years in a virgin Tsuga canadensis forest in New Hampshire (abstract)

Hometown: Troy, MI

College and major: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Plant Biology, class of '09

  • Maggie WagnerWhat you miss most about the REU program: The location-- I loved being in the forest with tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation. I also liked living with my friends and fellow students at Fisher House.
  • What you miss least about the REU program: The fruit flies in Fisher House.
  • What about the REU program has stuck with you: It was my first real taste of a professional research atmosphere. I feel much more prepared for grad school now, I know more about what to expect. I learned a lot this summer and met a lot of great people.
  • Have you stayed in touch with other REU students?: Yes, several of them.
  • Whether your REU experience supported or changed your career plans: My REU experience reinforced my plans to go into academic research.
  • What you're up to now: I'm writing my honors thesis right now, to graduate in December. I am also applying to grad schools, which I hope to enter in Fall 2010. My research focus is on plant evolutionary genetics and ecology, especially in range boundaries and hybrid zones. I will probably get my MS before pursuing a PhD. 
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