ABOUT ME

Originally from Calgary AB, my love of water and fish began at a young age. It took me some time to arrive at my inevitable path of academia, as I toyed with the idea of arts, culinary school, and business. I found the prospects in academia to seem challenging and often unpredictable. Now, I find myself struggling to give up any part of my academic career for a seemingly more normal life working 9-5 five days a week. I love the flexibility and find the uncertainty somewhat exciting. 

I believe that the most difficult thing about being a scientist is communicating our research to the public in an effective way without bogging them down with unnecessary science jargon. I like to do this by creating conceptual diagrams to more effectively communicate the message I am trying to convey.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Zooplankton size distributions for modelling secondary production and active carbon transport

  • Marine conservation - from the base of the food web

  • Carbon cycling

  • Zooplankton production

  • Science communication through art

EDUCATION

2017-present

University of British Columbia

Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography

Dissertation: Modelling secondary production using the biomass spectra theory in the Northeast Pacific

2015-2016

University of British Columbia

Master of Science in Oceanography

Dissertation: A novel approach to estimate active carbon flux using the micronekton biomass spectra

2008-2013

University of Victoria, Canada

Bachelor of Science, Biology, with Co-op

WORK EXPERIENCE

2020-present

Hemmera

Senior Environmental Scientist, Marine Sciences

Primarily working on environmental assessment baseline habitat studies for marine infrastructure projects on the coast of British Columbia. 

2019-present

Bailey Environmental Consulting Inc.

Environmental Scientist

Environmental assessment, marine mammal monitoring and water quality sampling

2015-2016

University of British Columbia

Vancouver Summer Program Lecturer

Developing course material (i.e., lectures, laboratories, field studies) and lecturing international summer students in ocean and atmospheric sciences over a 6 week period. 

2016-2018

University of British Columbia

Lab Manager

Mesozooplankton and Micronekton Laboratory

Managing the health and safety requirements of all individuals working in the laboratory according to the UBC guidelines. Maintaining inventory of supplies and chemicals.

2015-present

University of British Columbia

Teaching Assistant                

Lecturing students in oceanographic field sampling and laboratory work pertaining to climate analysis. Leading class discussions, working with students to develop ideas, marking/supervising assignments and exams. Courses: EOSC 442 – Climate Analysis (Instructor); EOSC 314 – The Ocean Environment; EOSC 474 – Marine Pollution; EOSC 326 – Earth and Life Through Time 

2015-2019

University of British Columbia

Temporary Store Keeper

Managing shipping, receiving, purchasing, and sales for the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences​ Store. 

2015-2017

University of British Columbia

Access and Diversity Scribe and Tutor

Working as a scribe/tutor for undergraduate students with visual and physical impairments in the Faculty of Science for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Biology and English. 

2012-2014

Marine Scientist, Stantec Consulting

Working on environmental assessment for LNG terminals, Pipelines and Ports. Developing and executing marine field surveys, crew leading field programs (intertidal surveys, subtidal surveys, marine mammal surveys), writing technical data reports and environmental assessments, submitting and responding to information requests (IRs) during the EA process, developing and writing habitat offsetting plans, working with First Nations assistants and subcontractors, conducting eelgrass transplant programs. Also lead and participated in the development of standard operating procedures.

COMMITTEES / VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

2019-present

University of British Columbia

Organizer - Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) Women and Gender Minorities in Fisheries Caucus 

Opening the discussion regarding gender in science. These closed meetings provide a safe space for individuals identifying as being part of a gender minority to discuss issues that they have previously or currently are experiencing in the work place. 

2019-present

University of British Columbia

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness Committee

Assisted in creating resources that provide information about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion resources, initiatives, and support within IOF and across UBC.

2018-2019

University of British Columbia

President - Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) Student Society 

Planning new student orientation, networking, and social events for graduate students in the IOF. 

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