Education

May 2019 – May 2023

Doctor of Philosophy

Simon Fraser University

Jul 2018 – May 2019

Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management

University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus

Sep 2011 – Sep 2017

Bachelor of Science

University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
June 2019 – June 2023
Vancouver

PhD Position in Invasion Ecology

Simon Fraser University

I am to join the labs of Dr. Isabelle Côté and Dr. Jonathan Moore at Simon Fraser University this May as part of a project to develop a suite of models to explore the impacts and dynamics of zebra mussel invasion in British Columbia.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2018 – May 2019
Vancouver

MGEM Capstone Project

University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus

Worked with Dr. Scott Hinch and Allison Hebert of UBC to develop a reproductive niche model for a rare ecotype of deepwater-spawning sockeye salmon in BC’s Alouette Lake. Acquired field data from Allison Hebert and developed model in consultation with her, Dr. Hinch and technical advisors from the MGEM program.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2017 – April 2017
Kelowna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Continued fish infection study began in 2016 field season. Collected fish for sampling from lakes and rivers, preserved samples and brought back to lab for processing and examination for larvae under a microscope. Prepared report for provincial government on research findings.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2016 – April 2016
Kelowna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Began a field-based fish infection study for hosts of Gonidea angulata. Collected fish from lakes and rivers, euthanized fish and collected samples for processing and examination for larvae. Carried out surveys for further populations of Gonidea angulata in the Okanagan Valley using boats/snorkeling. Supervised a fellow undergraduate student in assisting with the project, as well as in organizing and deploying funds in service of the project’s goals. Helped write report for provincial government on research findings.
 
 
 
 
 
March 2016 – March 2016
Penticton

Contributor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Centre for Science Advice Pacific Regional Peer Review

Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada

Called to participate in a group meeting among identified experts from the provincial and federal governments tasked with drafting a working paper on the identification of critical habitat for Gonidea angulata.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2015 – April 2015
Kelowna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

Assisted in the development and running of a lab fish infection study for hosts of Gonidea angulata. Collected fish for experiment from the field and helped run the aquarium/care for the fish used in the study as well as carry out the infection experiment. Took part in additional surveys in the Okanagan Valley for further populations of mussels via boat and snorkeling.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2014 – April 2014
Kelowna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

Took part in graduate research that modeled habitat suitability for Gonidea angulata in Okanagan Lake. Surveyed throughout Okanagan Lake via boat and snorkeling, assisted in development of assessment methodology and experiments to determine flow regimes, water chemistry, temperature and other physical characteristics in the lakes and rivers of the Okanagan Valley.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2013 – April 2013
Kelowna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

Hired as part of research project exploring the life history and reproduction of the Rocky Mountain ridged mussel, Gonidea angulata. Assisted in grid survey work in sites throughout the Okanagan and identification of mussels in the environment. Conducted juvenile recruitment transect surveys in the Okanagan via substrate analysis and in the collection of fish for an initial fish host population study.

Certifications

Oct 2018

UBCO Biological Safety Certification

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Mar 2018

CCAC/NIAUT Animal Care Certificate in the care of fish.

Canadian Council on Animal Care

Skills

R

R for geospatial applications, imagery manipulation, statistics and niche modeling

Python

Python for interfacing with Arc geoprocessing tools, data analytics

ArcGIS

Cartography, geoprocessing, statistical analyses and coding in Python

MySQL

Database manipulation and management

MS Office

Powerpoint, Word and Excel

QGIS

Geomatics, cartography and statistical analysis

ENVI

Manipulation and analysis of satellite imagery

Conefor

Ecological network and connectivity analysis

Fragstats

Patch, regional and landscape ecological analysis