Biography

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I enrolled in the Biology (Honours) program at Carleton University in 2004.  Inspired by passionate and enthusiastic professors, I became interested in animal behaviour, conservation biology, aquatic ecology and ornithology.  I was encouraged and trained by several experts in these fields, most notably Dr. Raleigh Robertson, who taught me the ups and downs of avian biology, and Dr. Nigel Waltho and Michael Runtz,who co-supervised my undergraduate thesis on American Robin (Turdus migratorius) urban nesting behaviour.

My love for aquatic sciences was inspired by Dr. Steven Cooke, who encouraged me to continue my passion for ecology at the graduate level.

This led me to the University of Windsor, where I completed my masters degree specializing in bioacoustics and Common Loon (Gavia immer) vocal behaviour in 2010.  Following this, I became fascinated with conservation biology, and was interested in applying my research skills to management and sustainability programs.

Accompanied by my husband Tim, I began my doctoral research with Dr. Thomas Nudds, research lead of the Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Wetlands and Waterbirds Project, at the University of Guelph in September 2010. My research centers on testing predictive models to effectively estimate animal populations (focusing on waterbirds and amphibians) in Ontario’s critically threatened wetland ecosystems. I am interested in applying my skills learned from my previous research to advance and improve conservation policy. My research has large implications for forest management, community ecology, and conservation biology and is in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.