First name: Julia
Last name: Samson
Occupation: Ph.D. student in Biology @ UNC Chapel Hill
Climate range: -10˚C to 35˚C, low humidity
Dietary needs: Belgian chocolate, dairy products
Exercising needs: horse riding, diving, dancing
Intellectual needs: reading, traveling, music
Care instructions: thrives best in a multidisciplinary, international environment
When asked what I do for a living, my usual answer is "I clean up jellyfish poop," which is partially true. But that's really just a means to a more interesting end: studying (marine) organisms, their behavior, and their interactions with the physical environment.
My background is in biology, with a tendency towards biomechanics and mathematical modeling of biological systems. Where possible, I like to integrate different approaches to a biological question by combining experimental work, modeling, and fieldwork. I also strive to look for solutions outside of my field through collaborations with mathematicians and engineers, among others. The more pieces we have, the better we can solve the puzzle!