With an academic background in various environmental sciences and hands-on experience with ecosystems at Yosemite, Anna Puchkoff has learned a lot. However, she was drawn to UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment because she needed to answer some more of her scientific questions. Here is what she said about her life and UConn.
Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? At Pennsylvania State University, my major was environmental resource management with a concentration in environmental science. In addition, I minored in water resources and water management as well as in sociology.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I was working in management, but I wanted to learn at a deeper level, such as mechanisms and why things do what they do. And, two years to learn, experiment and contribute to a great body of science in graduate school appealed to me.