Restoration, Endangered bumble-bee conservation
I am a PhD Biology candidate at York University studying restoration ecology. Specifically, my research aims to determine the habitat requirements for conserving endangered bumble-bees within Southern Ontario
I completed by M.Sc. in Biology at York Univerisityin 2016. My thesis focused on determining if shrub facilitation could increase the establishment of native annual forbs within a invaded arid shrubland in California. To test this, I planted five annual forb species within shrub and open microsites, with and without exclosures and with and without non-native species removals.
I completed my B.Sc. (Hons) degree Majoring in Biology in 2014 from York University. Here, I gained my first research experience as an honours thesis student with my current M.Sc. supervisor, Christopher Lortie. My project looked at how positive interactions can shape seed biology characteristics and germination. It was this first experience that showed me that research, and most of all fieldwork, are my passions and drove me to begin my graduate school career.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I have spent the majority of my time trekking through deserts conducting field work research including landscape level surveys, shrub trait analyses, plant trait analyses, kangaroo rat surveys, leopard lizard surveys, and desert animal surveys