Katie Thomas – PhD student in Biology at Duke University (Durham, NC)
OIMB is a truly wonderful place to live and study. I was provided with rigorous hands-on classes, many field work opportunities, and a formative independent research experience. Small classes at OIMB let you really get to know your professors, which creates a wonderful learning environment and is helpful for networking after graduation. The science world is small and interconnected and many people I have interviewed with for jobs and graduate school have had a connection to OIMB in some way. After graduating I worked as a biological research assistant studying seabirds, did a research apprenticeship in pelagic ecology at Friday Harbor Labs, and returned to work at OIMB for a summer. This fall I am starting a graduate program at Duke, where I plan to study visual ecology and camouflage in cephalopods.