My interest in graduate research stems from my desire to better understand the mechanisms of action, pathways, and fate of environmental contaminants from anthropogenic stressors in aquatic systems. I’ve grown up living by the shores of Lake Ontario and have spent as much time as possible paddling, fishing, and swimming around this beautiful area. I am grateful to have been a part of many teams that work to protect these irreplaceable ecosystems such as the volunteer-led group Swim Drink Fish and the Great Lakes Trophic Dynamics Research Team with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot about the work being done to protect and connect people to Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems. More importantly, I have learned that there is still work to be done. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph studying biomedical toxicology, I am excited to continue learning with the QE3 research group as I investigate the effects of an emerging contaminant used in tire rubber on the early life stages of largemouth bass. I hope my research will help better direct policy decisions regarding the management of chemicals in our aquatic environments. When I am not at school, work, or out on the water, you can find me in the yoga or dance studio, or somewhere in the backcountry hiking and camping!