"I was drawn to SFU by the world-class ecological research that occurs here. Being surrounded by interesting research and thoughtful people has made it a fun and inspiring environment to grow as a researcher."

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Student Profile: Nico Munoz

March 22, 2022
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Biological Science doctoral student in the Faculty of Science

I'm a biologist interested in understanding the ecological impacts of climate change and invasive species, with a particular interest in Pacific salmon. I also play guitar in an indie band and am overly into Star Wars.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I was drawn to SFU by the world-class ecological research that occurs here. I was a long-time fan of the research of my PhD supervisor, and being able to join the Earth to Ocean Research group was an opportunity I could not resist.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I study the novel ecological interactions that have emerged in Patagonia, southern Chile following the recent establishment of non-native Chinook salmon.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Being surrounded by interesting research and thoughtful people has made it a fun and inspiring environment to grow as a researcher. Also, the view!

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I received an NSERC postgraduate scholarship at the beginning of my PhD, and the Weston Family scholarship in the final year of my PhD. Both of these awards were a major help in that they allowed me to focus on my research and make the most of my time here.

 

Contact : nico_munoz@sfu.ca

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