'There’s a lot of exciting and innovative research that’s being carried out all the time at UC...'
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Geology
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology
PhD student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Keen to get a general background in science, Roseanna chose to come to UC because ‘it offers interesting, well-taught courses across many areas of science.’
‘I love that I’ve been able to take a range of subjects over the course of my degree,’ she says. ‘I’ve taken courses in Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Maths.
‘I’m a scientist because I want to know how the world around us works, and I want to have the knowledge and tools to help solve real-world problems.
‘My aim is to be able to do research which excites me and hopefully makes significant contributions to the scientific and general community at the same time.’
Roseanna made a flying start in developing her research skills and experience by winning two UC Summer Research Scholarships. These saw her investigate how plants are affected by earthquake liquefaction, and model the distribution of a native snail which is invasive overseas.
Roseanna’s honours research investigated the role of marine subsidies (an independent resource input from one system to another) in freshwater ecosystems brought to both the mainland and Campbell Island by nesting seabirds and seals. To find out more about Roseanna's past and current research, check out her website.
‘If you look around you, there’s a lot of exciting and innovative research that’s being carried out all the time at UC,’ she says, urging fellow students to ‘be assertive and find out what’s happening in your field which excites you – both inside and outside university’.
There was just as much going on for Roseanna away from study while at UC. When she wasn’t running between lectures, labs and tutorials, or helping out with BioSoc (UC Biology club) and ‘catching up with friends in between all the craziness’, Roseanna was busy establishing herself as a singer-songwriter. ‘Another thing I liked about UC is being so close to the outdoors – I love tramping, cycling, running, ocean swimming and football.’
With her experiences from UC, Roseanna is now taking on the challenge of a PhD in Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is studying amphibian ecology and conservation on a remote island archipelago in British Columbia (Haida Gwaii). She recently received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship towards her PhD research, Canada’s most prestigious natural science PhD scholarship, and an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society.
Roseanna says that one of the best things about her time at UC has been the people she has met here, both staff and students. Her advice to new students is to ‘get to know your classmates – help each other and share ideas, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and look ahead to what happens after UC’.