M.Sc. Student of Natural Resource Science (specializing in Wildlife Biology)
Research Interests: Wildlife science, wildlife epidemiology/disease, local and expert wildlife knowledge, conservation biology.
As a masters student at McGill, I'm a full time student and nature enthusiast. I've wanted to be a wildlife scientist for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to be working on my current moose project. In the past, I've done research projects on geophysics with Dr. Jeff Gu, forest fragmentation with Dr. Scott Nielsen, and wildlife disease with Dr. Eveyln Merrill. I'd like to continue down the wildlife conservation path at the PhD level, whether that be focused on disease, habitat use, behaviour, or ecology. I'm most interested in applied, tangible projects and research with real-world impacts, and research with a strong quantitative or modeling component. My interests outside of research include horse riding, knitting, and backpacking (which I'm good at), piano (which I'm mediocre at), and archery (which I'm just learning). I believe the best scientists are well rounded people with varied interests and hobbies, and I strive to continue learning new things and expanding my horizons while I continue my masters degree.
Current Project: I am currently conducting my masters project on moose habitat use in Eeyou Istchee, Quebec. As part of a large team of students and professors, my role is to harmonize Cree expert knowledge and systematic GPS collar and forestry data to make resource selection function (RSF) models for moose. This will help to quantitatively answer questions important to the local communities, such as determining how forestry activities are impacting moose habitat use and behaviour.