I am an evolutionary and behavioural ecologist, currently finishing my PhD studying variation in resource acquisition – namely, food-caching in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). I explore relationships among life history, physiology, and ecology to better understand the range of caching success we observe and to give us insight into the evolution of behaviour.

I am also interested in the evolution and maintenance of sex ratios is vertebrates. Previously, my research focused on studying patterns of genomic copy number variation using SNP microarrays.

Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) at Ptarmigan Cirque, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in the Alberta Rockies

Currently I serve as a Student/Postdoctoral Councillor for the Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE). I also serve on the advisory committee for CSEE’s Section for Long-Term Research.

I enjoy working with natural history collections, with experience working both in zoological collections (Western University, University of Saskatchewan) and in a herbarium (Western University). I am especially interested in metadata management of such collections, and my work has primarily focused on cataloguing research and teaching specimens in databases of my own design rooted in Darwin Core standards.

I teach undergraduate evolution (U. Sask’s 3rd year course; BIOL 302). I am interested in improving evolution education for undergrads while simultaneously allowing my teaching experience to inform my research, following the teacher-scholar model.

Red squirrel in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan
Kluane, Yukon

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