L'Oreal Banquet, Embassy of France in Ottawa, Jan. 16, 2016
Growing up in a lake-rich province, I developed a strong appreciation for lakes, aquatic life, and healthy ecosystems, but I did not realize until university that I could have a career dedicated to studying lakes and the environment. It was during my BScH at Queen’s University when I was first introduced to the field of paleolimnology - through an honours thesis project with Dr. John Smol. I went on to receive my MSc from Trent University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Dillon, studying sources of total phosphorus to international Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River basin (northwestern Ontario).
In 2010, I returned to Queen’s University to conduct my PhD research at the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL) under the supervision of Dr. John Smol and Dr. Andrew Paterson (OMOECC). My doctoral research focused on understanding the response of both lakes and peatlands in subarctic Ontario to current climatic change, as well as their development over longer time periods (e.g., the past 5000 to 6000 years). In 2014, I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Glen MacDonald’s lab (supported by a CGS-MSFSS) at the University of California, Los Angeles to collaborate on combining our interpretations on different biological proxies (diatoms and testate amoebae) to infer past successional and climatic changes in peatlands of the HBL.
Institute of Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE), Italy, Aug. 5, 2016