Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
BA Middlebury College
My graduate focus in ecology stems from my longstanding fascination with the impacts of environmental change on Earth systems. After completing an undergraduate degree in environmental science, I job-hopped for 8 months, from research cruises in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to a coastal water quality monitoring program. Shortly thereafter, I landed at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) as a Research Assistant. For 2.5 years at WHRC, I helped investigate the impacts of climate change and land disturbance on river chemistry and land-ocean linkages, with a focus on the Arctic. My participation in an expedition to the remote Siberian Arctic (the Polaris Project) hooked me on Arctic science and inspired me to pursue graduate studies. As a member of Dr. Suzanne Tank's lab, I'm studying the influence of permafrost thaw on carbon cycle dynamics in streams of the Peel River watershed (Northwest Territories). I find it rewarding and fascinating because I work with wonderful scientists and Northern communities to understand how Arctic ecosystems are responding to climate change. I'm also passionate about science education and in my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities, particularly skiing and rock climbing.