Currently I am an EnviroLab Asia Postdoctoral Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, a distinguished undergraduate liberal arts school.

I am an environmental scientist that uses a wide range of ecological, paleolimnological, and geochemical techniques to study long-term environmental change in lake and coastal ecosystems in response to anthropogenic stressors.

keywords for my research:

aquatic ecology, (paleo)limnology, paleoecology, biogeochemistry, contaminants, ecosystems, climate change, peatlands, biovectors, seabirds, eiders, diatoms, conservation biology, lipophilic biomarkers, stable isotopes

Research highlights & news:

Collecting a sediment core from a lake surrounded by an eider colony, near Cape Dorset, NU Jul. 2015

New position at Memorial University of Newfoundland

January 01, 2020

In January 2020, I will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I am excited to move to "the Rock", which seems like the perfect place to continue my paleolimnological and seabird biovector research and develop new studies with faculty in Biology, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, and Archaeology.  

PNAS paper on seaducks is out!

April 02, 2019

I am overjoyed to have this highly collaborative paper published open access. Using sediment cores from ponds on Hudson Strait islands with nesting seaducks we confirm that the 20th century harvest of common eiders was unsustainable. See link above for the press release and photos

"Our paleolimnological approach highlights that current and local monitoring windows for many sensitive seabird species may be inadequate for making key conservation decisions."

We presented our Thai shrimp aquaculture research at ASLO'2019 in Puerto Rico

March 04, 2019

My student, Alison Hong (CMC'19), and I attended the ASLO 2019 meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alison presented a poster on her thesis and I gave a talk on our initial results of utilizing stable carbon isotopes to trace the fate of organic matter released in shrimp aquaculture effluent.

Fieldwork in Thai Mangroves

May 20, 2018

The video is out! Watch this great video made by Karin Mak to learn about the EnviroLab Asia 2018 Clinic Trip and  our interdisciplinary work in Thailand's mangroves.

New paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B

April 27, 2018

"Sterols and stanols as novel tracers of waterbird population dynamics in freshwater ponds" by Kathryn Hargan, Emily Stewart, Neal Michelutti, Christopher Grooms, Linda Kimpe, Mark Mallory, John Smol and Jules Blais. 


Please get in touch if you would like a copy of the paper. For the University of Ottawa press release, click the photo. 

Interview with EnviroLab Asia

November 03, 2017

This fall I moved to the Claremont Colleges in California to begin a postdoctoral fellowship with EnviroLab Asia, a group which facilitates interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to tackling environmental problems in SE Asia. Here is a Q&A about my interests and why I am excited to join this group. 

Young Canadian Innovators and Reseachers

October 25, 2016

I was recently 1 of 7 young innovators and researchers in Canada highlighted by Universities Canada at their "Homecoming 2016" event on October 25th. This event was aimed at disseminating new research to government officials, and a reception in the evening provided an opportunity to connect with Canadian University presidents. 

Video on sub-Arctic eider field work & research

June 30, 2016

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation requests that its award recipients put together a video showcasing their Arctic fieldwork. I had a lot of fun doing this, considering what little video footage I am able to take during field work. All the video seen here is from my field season in 2015 near Cape Dorset, NU.

My L'Oreal-UNESCO video

March 27, 2016

I received my L'Oreal-UNESCO video in the mail today! Take a look to learn a bit about my postdoctoral research and my thoughts about women in science. 

"Woman in science: Still a challenge today?"

January 16, 2016

 The French Embassy in Canada, the University of Ottawa, and L'Oreal Canada "For Women in Science" held a discussion titled "Women in Science: Still a challenge today?" Learn about more event details at the French Embassy in Canada website, or watch the full discussion by clicking on the video link below. 

Later in the evening, L'Oreal Fellows were honoured at the Embassy of France in Ottawa. Thank you to everyone who attended, including my supervisor Dr. Jules Blais and Linda Kimpe, and thank you to those who provided wonderful support and feedback on my research.  

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