I discovered my fascination with the marine environment as an undergraduate journalism student, when a friend convinced me to get SCUBA certified and sign up for a tropical ecology field course in Cuba. Following the field course, I returned to Canada, enrolled in a second undergraduate science degree, and pursued my new-found passion for research and the underwater world
After completing an Honours degree in biology at Carleton University, Canada, and a M.Sc. in environmental and life sciences at Trent University, Canada, I migrated to the ocean for a Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. My research interests fall at the intersection of environmental change and individual variability of marine and aquatic organisms. I am interested in understanding the role of extrinsic, environmental factors, and intrinsic, phenotypic or behavioural variability of individuals, in driving population dynamics and ecosystem function and resilience. My research has taken me to a number of countries, and I have worked in range of systems, from lake and river systems in Canada and Europe, to tropical and temperate reefs around Australia, Indonesia, French Polynesia, and the Malidves.
2016 - Ph.D. Marine Ecology - University of Melbourne (Australia)
2011 - M.Sc. Environmental and Life Sciences - Trent University (Canada)
2008 - Bachelor of Arts, Biology (Honours) - Carleton University (Canada)
2007 - Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) - Carleton University (Canada)
2018 - Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (University of Melbourne)
I am the Research Director for Saving Nemo, an organisation working to reduce the number of wild fish taken for the aquarium trade through research, education, and outreach. Our research is conducted through establishing long-term monitoring sites with international partner organisations (e.g. resorts, marine centres), and through our Citizen Science program, IC-ANEMONE.
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