M.Sc., Laurentian University; Biology, 2011.
B.Sc., Nipissing University; Env. Biology and Technology, 2008.
OCD, Canadore College; Env. Technician - Protection and Compliance, 2008.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work in collaboration with academic, industry and government researchers. As a Biologist with the OMNR I currently help to assess the effectiveness of silvicultural practices in regenerating stands throughout boreal Ontario. Prior to this I served to assess terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity in the Hudson Bay Lowlands as a Wildlife Technician. Deployed by helicopter, this latter position provided opportunities to camp for extended periods in the remote wilderness of Far-Northern Ontario with ample opportunity to interact with, capture, and report on all manner of northern flora and fauna.
As a Research Intern at Nipissing University, I participated in several projects assessing (1) the impact of moose hyperabundance on balsam fir populations in Gros Morne National Park, (2) the inter- and intra-specific responses of deciduous hardwood species to shade, and (3) the influence of metal contaminated soils on plant community assemblages in Sudbury.
Graduate studies provided the opportunity to investigate the community structure and regeneration ecology of invasive populations of red oak in Germany. During my undergraduate tenure I was involved in a variety of projects, including an honours thesis, that focused primarily on the ecology of forest communities in response to management and silviculture.
I have enjoyed many opportunities to present my research to academic, professional and public audiences at venues across Canada and in the United States.