I am a behavioural ecologist and outdoor enthusiast. I am broadly interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary importance of social interactions among animals in the wild. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Guelph where I worked on the Kluane Red Squirrel Project (http://redsquirrel.biology.ualberta.ca/). Red squirrels are highly territorial and live in isolation, so we typically think of them as being 'asocial'. My PhD research focused on exploring how this apparently solitary species can actually have really important social interactions with their territorial neighbours. These social interactions can affect the behaviour of red squirrels and ultimately their reproductive success and survival. When not exploring the social lives of animals, you can almost always find me outdoors where I enjoy hiking, camping and kayaking.

Experience

  • 2013–2018
    PhD Candidate, University of Guelph
  • 2012–2013
    Nature Up North Project Manager, St. Lawrence University