I am a comparative animal- and environmental physiologist, with a focus on teleost fishes. These subjects are dear to my heart as I grew up in Northwestern Ontario on beautiful Lake of the Woods and committed to learning about our piscine friends early-on right in my backyard. Then, I upped and moved to another lake locale – Kingston, ON, where I received my B.Sc. (Honours) and M.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University, and then continued on to a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Guelph. I followed this with postdoctoral fellowships at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s.
I am an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department Biology at Queen’s, where I also teach a variety of undergraduate classes (e.g., Biol 322, Biol 339, Biol 401). The theme of my research revolves around the physiological responses of animals, mainly fish, to anthropogenic and environmental stressors. My research encompasses the use of molecular tools and physiological techniques to assess the underlying mechanisms behind stressors (e.g., emerging contaminants) in order to understand organismal responses in broader ecotoxicological context, for example, my early work with diluted bitumen (dilbit).
Currently, I am a Research Associate in the QE3 lab (since May 2018), and my current role is lead on two central interdisciplinary collaborations in QE3 on fathead minnow; (1) the indirect effects of glyphosate addition to food source nutrition, and (2) the detoxification of naphthenic acid fraction components in oil sands wastewaters by novel titanium dioxide microparticle treatment. I am very passionate about science, education, and teaching and I very much enjoy the outdoors and water (liquid: fishing, or solid: hockey).