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I am currently an Assistant Professor of Ecology at Covenant College and campus representative for the Au Sable Institute. I was formerly a postdoctoral researcher and graduate instructor at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Canada.  My research leverages tools from Ecology, Geography, and Molecular Biology to address questions that transcend these disciplines.  This includes using fine-scale multispectral remote sensing to understand local processes, incorporating field experiments into landscape-level models of disturbed ecosystems, and applying metagenomics to understand microbial communities and soil processes.  I have a broad academic and research background including ecotoxicology, vegetation science, machine learning and statistical forecast models and I am passionate about performing synthetic transdisciplinary work directed at solving environmental problems.

Photo Credit Jon Taylor, UBC
Surveying Hazeltine Creek 1 month following the breach

My Post-doc project addresses ecosystem-scale passive remediation following the Mount Polley Tailings Impoundment Breach (August 4th, 2015).

Specialties: Community ecology, Geographic Information Systems, environmental genomics, wetland soil and vegetation surveys,  statistical modelling and data management, design and implementation of field experiments/infrastructure, monitoring, climate data analysis, multispectral image analysis, scientific writing, research program design and grant proposal development.

 

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