Master’s Student, Biology
For as long as I can remember I have been intrigued by the natural world. I reaffirmed this interest while completing my undergraduate degree in Biology at Queen’s. In my fourth year I completed an honours thesis in the Chippindale lab, where I studied the evolution of speciation between populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Confident that I wanted to continue with research, I was attracted to the interdisciplinary approach of the QE3 research group and their aim to solve critical environmental issues through science. My project will investigate the effects of oil sands contaminants on the reproductive behaviour of amphibians. Some of my favourite memories have taken place in and around freshwater ecosystems, from the banks of the Humber River, to the shorelines of the Muskoka’s and the beaches of Lake Ontario. I feel strongly that in order to protect these places into the future we must bridge the gap between science and policy.