I am currently a Masters student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University. As a member of the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation Lab and a Hakai Scholar, I am studying the carbon storage capacity of eelgrass meadows in British Columbia. Seagrass species worldwide have been recently acknowledged as highly efficient carbon sinks, yet we lack data on how much carbon is stored in Zostera marina meadows in Pacific NW, and what environmental factors might drive variation in the carbon storage capacity of these ecosystems.
I completed my Honours B.Sc. in Marine Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2013. During my time at UBC I completed the Fall Program at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, helped conduct experimental work in eelgrass meadows as part of the Zostera Experimental Network, simultaneously assisted two graduate students and conducted my Honours research in eelgrass meadows of Barkley Sound and worked in the Algae collection in the UBC Herbarium. Upon graduation, I worked for almost two years in and around Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan, monitoring endangered species (black-tailed prairie dog, black-footed ferret and swift fox) populations with the Calgary Zoo's Centre for Conservation and Research. While the prairies now hold a special place in my heart, I knew I eventually wanted to return to coastal BC to pursue my passion for marine ecology, conservation and management.
I am excited to be further enhancing my knowledge of resource management issues in BC through the REM program. Taking courses in social science, fisheries stock assessment, public policy, conflict resolution and environmental economics has widely expanded my knowledge of issues related to conservation and environmental management. Upon graduation, I hope to continue working in the realm of environmental science and management in Canada, ideally in a coastal region.