About

I am a conservation biologist who uses spatial and landscape ecology principles and techniques to better understand how species use a landscape and enhance protection of species at risk. I am particularly intrigued by the interaction between dynamic landscapes and freshwater turtles, and how changes in climate and anthropogenic pressures impact the availability and resilience of vital habitats. My current research integrates geographic information systems, remote sensing, and field data to determine the impacts of invasive species, map habitat suitability and occupancy, and assess the efficacy of conservation strategies.

My desire to protect our natural environment began at a young age. I grew up at my family’s cottage and spent a great deal of time on the water. My involvement with turtles began in 2011, when I had the opportunity to assist on a research project in Costa Rica monitoring sea turtle nesting beaches and protecting nests. In my spare time, you can find me reading books or scuba diving. I love to travel!

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences.

Fellowships

2014 — 2017 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – PhD

2013 — 2014 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – MSc

2012 — 2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship