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Our New Name: Student Perspective

In March 2021, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation was officially renamed to the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. One of the main draws of the new name was representing all of our programs areas, including Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences and Geomatics.

Two Marine Sciences students share their perspective on the new name:

Danny Khor

Major: Marine Sciences

Year: Senior

About: Danny works for the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Collection as a curatorial assistant and undergrad researcher. They are currently studying the biodiversity and systematics of freshwater fishes in Southeast Asia.

Fun fact: Danny spent two semesters studying in Alaska their sophomore year!

“I’m really happy about the choice to make the change,” said Danny. “From what I’ve heard from friends and peers, Marine Sciences and Geomatics students felt a little excluded because we weren’t mentioned in the title “School of Forest Resources and Conservation”, and so the fact that both of these programs are included in the new name feels more inclusive and hopefully will lead to more exposure of both the Marine Sciences and Geomatics programs at UF.”

 

Kristyn Kramer

Major: Marine Sciences

Year: Senior

About: Kristyn is involved in Alpha Zeta and Marine Biology Club. She was recently a Benthic Ecology Intern at the Smithsonian Marine Station

Fun fact: During her time at UF, Kristyn has volunteered with the UF Small Animal Hospital, NCBS, and NOAA B-WET Lab Field Trips!

“As a Marine Sciences major the name change is really special to me. It was an exciting semester having my major become official and having that reflect in the new School name,” said Kristyn. “I recall when I used to tell people the name of my School I kind of described it as starting out focusing on forestry and then being a catch-all for the other majors. It’s great to see my major now included in the name.”

For more information about the recent name change, visit: https://ffgs.ifas.ufl.edu/about/sfrc-to-ffgs/