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Ms Freya Thomas

Course of study:
Bachelor of Science with Honours


I took a year off after high school to work as an outdoor educator in the Australian Alps before choosing to study science at La Trobe, and have now graduated with honours.

I really enjoyed the botany, ecology and conservation units of my degree, as the lecturers put in a lot of time and energy to engage the students. The practical field based approach to ecology was also invaluable, and provided a nice space to meet other people, creating a friendly community atmosphere.

I was given lots of opportunities during my degree to gain industry experience. As part of La Trobe’s Cadetship program, I worked with Parks Victoria where I found learning about park management really interesting and worthwhile.

In 3rd year I worked on the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX), which I loved and it inspired me to continue my studies in plant ecology research. I look forward to the day when I can say "I am a Plant Ecologist".

Since completing my degree, I have volunteered on some PhD projects, involving trips to the Alps, Gippsland, and the Mallee in South Australia. I now demonstrate second year botany at La Trobe and work as a research assistant at Melbourne University. I love demonstrating, and enjoy staying in touch with the Department of Botany at La Trobe.

As an aspiring botanist I enjoy the campus at La Trobe, particularly the Eucalypt Arboretum and the Wildlife Sanctuary.

I think it is important to take some time to decide what you really want to study when leaving high school. To get the most out of any course, it is up to you to put in the time and energy, and you can only do that happily if you are passionate about what you are studying.

Botany has never been a more important science, being intimately associated with environmental issues, the development of more productive, disease resistant food and energy crops and the management of our forest resources.

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View the subjects for a Botany major in the La Trobe Handbook