I am a community ecologist aiming to understand ecological patterns and processes and their mechanistic underpinnings through empirical manipulations and synthesis. The overarching goal of my research is to improve our understanding of biological communities in order to increase the accuracy of conservation efforts and forecasting of responses to climate change.
I'm currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. I'm working with Francis Juanes at the University of Victoria and Tom Therriault at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Here I'm working on a project characterizing the threat of freshwater aquatic invasive species to critical salmon stocks and their habitats in British Columbia.
From 2018 to 2020 I was a Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow based at UVic and UBC. I worked on the 100 Islands Project with Brian Starzomski (UVic), Chris Darimont (UVic), and John Reynolds (SFU) and the fantastic team at the Hakai Institute. I worked on marine subsidies to terrestrial island ecosystems through beach-cast wrack. I used synthetic approaches to track the flow of marine derived nutrients in island food webs.
In 2018, I finished my PhD in the Department of Zoology and Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, working with Chris Harley. My thesis addressed the ecological consequences of one of the most serious threats to marine ecosystems: ocean acidification. I used a variety of methods (field-based experiments, surveys, meta-analysis) to understand how marine communities respond to ocean acidfication and how responses are shaped by species interactions or food availability.
I'm interested in: community ecology, global change, invasive species, marine invertebrates, symbioses, synthesis, quantitative methods
My pronouns: She/her
I am grateful to live on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. Further, much of my work was conducted in partnership with the Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv First Nations on their territories.