Research

As a biogeographer, I’m broadly interested in plant-environment relationships across environmental gradients and plant responses to environmental change, particularly in subarctic and alpine landscapes.  Over the course of my career so far, I have used a variety of methods to answer ecological questions in remote regions of Canada, including plant community surveys, dendrochronology (study of tree ring widths), and remote sensing. An outline of the various research projects I’ve been involved in can be found below:

  • Most recently, I started working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University in Dr. Jennifer Baltzer’s lab.  My research will focus on the influence of thawing permafrost on boreal forest composition and structure.  More details can be found here: Boreal Forest Ecology in the NWT
  • Immediately following my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate for Dr. Ryan Danby at Queen’s University.  My job was to quantify recent trends in vegetation productivity across the range of the Bathurst Caribou Herd in the Northwest Territories using MODIS satellite imagery.  Find out more here: Vegetation Productivity Trends in the NWT
  • As a PhD student at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Danby, I investigated landscape-scale variability in alpine treeline characteristics in southwest Yukon. Here’s a link if you want to learn more: Alpine Treelines in the Yukon
  • My research as an undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg under the supervision of Dr. Richard Westwood focused on the conservation of two endangered prairie butterflies.  Check it out at this page: Endangered Prairie Butterflies in Manitoba
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