B.Sc. (Honors) Plant Biology, University of Guelph, 2009
I am a PhD student in the Bradford Lab, exploring the links between ecosystem and community ecology, plant-soil interactions, invasion biology and climate change.
During my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, I worked with Hafiz Maherali and John Klironomos on the physiology, ecology and evolution of plant-soil relations – specifically on the mycorrhizal symbiosis. I also worked with Jeremie Fant at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on the ecological genetics of a rare thistle species found in the tallgrass prairie. Somewhere in there, I spent some time out of the lab, and worked a few summers on some organic livestock and vegetable farms as well.
After graduating, wandering the Middle East for a few months, and then working in an environmental communications and government relations firm in Toronto, I've returned to the lab to try to unravel the complexities of aboveground-belowground ecology, while also trying to integrate my interests in policy, communication, and multimedia journalism into the mix. Currently, I'm working with a few others on starting a podcast for Sage Magazine.