I am a Master’s student in the Environmental and Life Sciences Program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. My work focuses on habitat selection by Canada lynx and bobcats on the north shore of Lake Huron, and I am supervised by Dr. Jeff Bowman (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Dr. Marie-Josee Fortin (University of Toronto). I am also a trainee in the NSERC-funded CREATE Enviro program, which “provides advanced training in environmental research and technologies to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Trent University, Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto”.
I completed my B.Sc. in Biology at McGill University, where I first became involved in research as a lab assistant with Dr. Virginie Millien and her work on the role of the white-footed mouse in the spread of Lyme disease. I participated in a tropical ecology field course in Barbados the following spring and fell in love with fieldwork, going on to assist with trapping small mammals and ticks for Dr. Millien in the Monteregie area that summer, and then participating in McGill’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa semester the next winter. CFSIA was an experience that solidified my passion for wildlife biology. The next summer, I was a research assistant on a road ecology project for Dr. Jochen Jaeger at Concordia University, live-trapping radio-collared American marten in the Laurentians north of Quebec City. I returned to McGill in my fourth year to do my honours thesis with Dr. Millien: a meta-analysis involving life history, phylogenetic, and spatial range data for terrestrial mammals.
Before starting my Master’s with Jeff Bowman in September and joining his project on Canada lynx and bobcats in northern Ontario, I worked for him over the summer as an assistant wildlife biologist with the MNRF. This gave me a chance to dip my toe into several different projects (including bat surveys, muskrat surveys, live-trapping of flying squirrels, and vegetation sampling) and hone new skills.