I completed my BSc. at the University of Guelph where I completed my undergraduate thesis with Merritt Turetsky exploring the impacts of changing wildfire regimes on vegetation communities. Following this I completed my master’s at the University of Alberta with David Olefeldt where I examined the impacts of wildfire on permafrost stability and carbon cycling. You can read more about my past and current research efforts here!
As a researcher I am interested in landscape change and how it will affect social and economic aspects of life in the north. I work on a variety of issues that examine of changing permafrost thaw and changing wildfire regimes will affect important resources for northern communities and governments. As the north environments and people experience some of the most rapid climate change on the globe my research will assist in addressing what rapid change means for the land, traditional food sources, water quality, and infrastructure integrity. By working together with northern communities, we, as western and traditional knowledge holders, can create collaborative research projects that involves community and university scholars as equal partners. Our goal is to ensure that research is done is such a way that researchers are working side by side with community members, and together we can both address community needs and contribute to the scientific community as a whole.
Outside of research I am involved in a number of other projects. Having developed confidence in myself as a researcher at student run conferences early on in my academic career, I was inspired to create these opportunities for other young academics in order to facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogues as a platform for change. In 2016 and 2017 I co-chaired the CONFORWest Graduate Student Conference in Alberta. In addition to this conference, I am co-chairing the organization the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) student conference in 2018, which will bring together 150+ northern student researchers from several countries (www.acuns18.ca). As a high school student selected to be a Canadian Youth Ambassador for the G8/G20, I was inspired by the power of young people's voices to make change on the global stage. This experience plus my experience at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20 where I presented to international delegates, including heads of states and negotiators, on the challenges facing Arctic communities and environments, culminated in me being named the Canadian Youth Senior Arctic Official for the Model Arctic Council Meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am also a volunteer Medical First Responder in the city of Edmonton. As a first responder I provide critical, front-of-the-line medical assistance.
In my free time I love spending my time hiking through the mountains for paddling down the river. Some of my most memorable trips this past year included hiking the west coast trail in BC, the Chilkoot trail from Alaska to the Yukon and completing the 13-day three high passes trek in the Everest region of Nepal!