Elias Anoszko is a forest ecology PhD candidate in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at the University of Minnesota. Eli is an '09 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and has worked as a seasonal research tech for several seasons in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of CA. Eli enjoys endurance sports (skiing, cycling and running), fly fishing and is an aspiring gardener, cook and home-brewer.
I was officially a visiting scholar at the Eesti Maaülikool or the Estonian University of Life Sciences which at one point had been part of the University of Tartu, which was coincidently founded by Gustavus Adolphus II, the namesake of my alma mater in Minnesota. EMU is a mid-sized university at about 5,000 students in fields related to life sciences including forestry. While some classes there were taught in English, those in the forestry department are all taught in Estonian (interestingly this was even the case during Imperial Russian and Soviet times when almost all classes were taught in Russian). While I attempted to learn Estonian, its quite a difficult language and I never progressed beyond what I needed to know to say hello and buy things in the market and would have been utterly lost trying to sit in on a class.