I am a biologist and entomologist with a strong interest in science communication. I participate in science outreach, and have had great success presenting my research at conferences and competitions. I care about inclusion in science, and I believe we all have unique perspectives that can make us better scientists.
I expect to graduate within 6 months. I am interested in work opportunities in pest management and science communication.
Check out my blog, or scroll down to learn more about my experience.
(What I'm working on currently)
MASTERS OF PEST MANAGEMENT CANDIDATE
The goal of my thesis is to develop multiple component baits for the invasive European Fire Ant (Myrmica rubra), an urban pest in the Vancouver Metro Area. To learn more about my research, watch my 3-minute-thesis performance above.
I am currently in the writing stage of my thesis. Send coffee.
OUTREACH FACILITATOR, SCIENCE IN ACTION
I have developed several programs to teach children of all ages about insects. I created a collection of insects cast in resin, so that children could touch and look closely at museum specimens. I run the programs myself with the help of undergraduate volunteers.
VOLUNTEER WRITER, SCIENCE WRITERS AND COMMUNICATORS OF CANADA
I recently started writing blog posts for the SWCC. I'm just getting started, but expect me to write about entomology, science in society, and equality in STEM.
B.SC. SPECIALIZATION IN ECOLOGY, HONOURS
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
I focused my coursework on entomology, botany, ecology, and animal behaviour.
I graduated with First Class Honours.
UNDERGRADUATE HONOURS THESIS
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Project title: Enhancing Parasitism of Caloptilia fraxinella by Apanteles polychrosidis
I assessed the effects of adding a food source and a host plant volatile to ash trees (Fraxinus sp) infested with the invasive ash-leaf cone-roller.
This project won the “Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Award”, recognizing the best undergraduate research projects of the year
For more information, or to see my complete CV, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Science, Outreach, Inclusion
I am confident in my ability to identify insects to the level of family and further, using dichotomous keys.
I can speak publicly, create presentations with good flow, and engage an audience of experts.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
In my coursework and research, I have learned a great deal about integrated pest management across many industries, including forestry, agriculture, horticulture, and urban pest management.
I have designed many experiments in the lab and field, mainly pertaining to chemical ecology and insect behavior.
I am proficient in JMP and Excel, and have some experience with R.
I have experience engaging non-experts of all ages in scientific learning and discussion. I am learning to engage a broader audience, using social media and blogging.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
I have a lot of knowledge in this area, both from personal experience and listening to the experiences of others. I know many ways to make workplaces, events, and communities welcoming for everyone.
My backgrounds in student government and childcare have given me the confidence and empathy to lead group projects and events in an inviting, compassionate way.
3 Minute Thesis
For a brief explanation of my masters research, and an excellent example of my speaking ability, please take a look at my 3 Minute Thesis performance.
I won first place in my department, at SFU, and then the Western Canadian Regionals.