Bio

I am a fish biologist interested in the ecology and conservation of wild fish populations. As a National Geographic Explorer and a Ph.D. student belonging to Carleton University’s Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory and the University of British Columbia’s Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory, I study how freshwater and marine fish cope with human stressors such as introduced species and fishing pressure.

My research is motivated by a deep interest in how fish adapt to stressful environments, as well as a serious concern for the human communities whose livelihoods depend on healthy wild fisheries. I have studied invasive predators and prey in the Lake Victoria basin of East Africa, overharvested reef species in the South Pacific, and now in my doctoral work, I am studying the ultimate fate of Pacific salmon bycatch in Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

Education

  • Ph.D. Present

    Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

    Carleton and University of British Columbia

  • M.Sc. 2012

    Master of Science in Biology

    McGill University

  • B.Sc. Hons 2009

    Bachelor of Science in Environment

    McGill University

Positions

  • Present2011

    Explorer

    National Geographic Society

  • Present2015

    Teaching Assistant

    Carleton University

  • 20142013

    Graduate Research Assistant

    McGill University

  • 20122011

    Teaching Assistant

    McGill University

Selected Grants and Awards

  • 2015-2018
    NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship — Doctoral
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    Project — “Interactive effects of aquatic hypoxia and thermal stress on fish respiratory performance”

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  • 2016-2017
    National Geographic Collaboration Grant
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    Project — “Reef to aquarium: tracing the tropical fish trade”

    Learn about the Expeditions Council.

  • 2014-2015
    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
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    Project — “Navigating the bumpy road to conservation: a case study of bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Solomon Islands”

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  • 2012
    Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Excellence Award
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    Project — “Living on the edge: wetland edges as peak refugia from an introduced piscivore ”

    Learn about the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.

  • 2012
    Student Conference on Conservation Science Best Talk
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    Project — “Living on the edge: wetland edges as peak refugia from an introduced piscivore ”

    Learn about the Student Conference on Conservation Science.

  • 2011-2012
    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
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    Project — “Hide and seek: predicting the optimal refuge for endemic fishes from an invasive predator in the Lake Victoria basin”

    Learn about Young Explorers Grants.

  • 2010-2011
    NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship — Master's
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    Project — “Socioecological determinants of group size in black and white colobus monkeys”

    Learn about Canada Graduate Scholarships.

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