Tobias “Toby” Koffman, a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student is the October 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.
Graduate School: Where are you from originally?
Koffman: Southwest Harbor, Maine
Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?
Koffman: Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT
Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?
Koffman: I chose to come to UMaine so that I could learn about glacial geology from Professor Brenda Hall.
Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?
Koffman: I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Earth Sciences, but also intend to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy.
Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?
Koffman: I hope to continue my research on the timing and cause of abrupt climate changes.
Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?
Koffman: My research results, which will help us to understand the causes of ice-age climate cycles.
Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far?
Koffman: Doing field work in Antarctica and New Zealand were definite highlights.
Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus?
Koffman: The botanical garden.