PhD (2014-present) - Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Advisor: Dr. Monica Turner
MSc (2011-2013) - Department of Biology, McGill University
Co-Advisors: Dr. Elena Bennett & Dr. Andrew Gonzalez
BSc Honours (2007-2011) - Environmental Biology, University of Guelph
Advisors: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Dr. Jonathan Newman
May 2017: Honoured to have won honourable mention for best student presentation for my US-IALE talk on green infrastructure and ecosystem services.
May 2017: Our organized symposium (with colleague Matt Mitchell) "Accelerating urban ecology in Canada: identifying current research approaches, gaps, and needs in Canadian cities" was presented at CSEE 2017 last week. Great group of speakers, and stay tuned for updates!
April 2017: I was awarded the "Best Talk" at our Wisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium for my presentation on soil-based urban ecosystem services! Thankful for great feedback from the faculty judges.
March 2017: So excited to announce that I'm the recipient of a P.E.O. Scholar Award! Thankful for this extra support as I work towards finishing up my dissertation next year.
Jan 2017: Listen to me discuss my dissertation research on urban ecology and ecosystem services on WORT community radio!
Nov 2016: My urban heat island research was featured in recent article about weather bikes in The Environmental Monitor
Oct 2016: I was recently interviewed by the Isthmus about the Turner Lab's work on invasive Asian Jumping Worms. Check out the article: "Worming their way into Wisconsin"
Aug 2016: Another presentation of my work on urban soil ecosystem services at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Two conferences makes for a busy summer, but excited for great feedback and new ideas.
July 2016: Presented my ongoing research on urban soil ecosystem services at the annual Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution meeting in beautiful St. John's, NL. Had a wonderful time reconnecting with my Canadian ecology community!
May 2016: I'm officially a PhD Candidate! Thankful to a great committee for pushing me (but mostly thankful to have my prelim exams over!).
March 2016: I've been awarded a Garden Club of America "Urban Forest Fellowship" to explore the role of urban forests in mitigating the urban heat island in Madison this summer. Excited to get started! Check it out.
Jan 2016: I've been awarded a National Geographic "Young Explorer" Award to set up a field experiment testing how interactions between invasive species may effect ecosystem services here in Wisconsin! Excited to work with Nat Geo, the WSC project, and UW-Madison Arboretum on this project.
Jan 2016: Lots of thesis progress happening. C/N results are in, and prelim exams are scheduled for April! Excited to get back to work this semester.
Nov 2015: Analysis milestone - 1200 soil samples prepped for C/N and P analysis! Huge thanks to my awesome tech Lauren for helping get this done so quickly.
Oct 2015: Our Monteregie Connection paper (Linking landscapes, biodiversity, and ecosystem services to improve decision making) is now online at Ecology and Society. Huge thanks to awesome colleague (mentor, friend) Matt Mitchell for shepherding us through the process! Read it here.
Sept 2015: Accepted! The first paper from my PhD work, on the biodiversity-ecosystem service relationship in urban areas is now out in Oikos. Read it here.
Sept 2015: Just came home from the LTER all science meeting in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Lots of fun science and great networking.
August 2015: Just wrapped up my first PhD field season! We sampled for soils in 100 urban ecology sites, including lawns, prairies, forests, and parks!
July 2015: Field season is in full swing! Really enjoying interacting with so many Madison residents, and spreading the word about the importance of ecosystem services and sustainable cities.
June 2015: Taking a break from field season planning to attend #ComSciCon in Boston this week! Excited to learn more about effective science communication and meet new colleagues.
May 2015: Classes are out for the semester! Can't wait to start research with UW-Madison's Water Sustainability and Climate team this summer.
May 2015: I passed my PhD Qualifying Exams! One step closer to dissertator status.
April 2015: I've been elected president of the Zoology Graduate Student Organization here at UW-Madison! Looking forward to kicking off a great Grad Student Informal Seminar (GSIS) series in the fall!
April 2015: I was selected as one of 50 STEM grad students to attend this year's National ComSciCon in Boston. Can't wait!