I received my B.Sc in Biology from Trent University, Peterborough in April 2011 after completing an honours thesis project on mosquito diversity in rural vs. urban habitats. During my undergrad I had the opportunity to both take (June 2010), and TA (June 2011) a field course looking at wild plants in Ontario. This opened my eyes to the many great and rare ecosystems Ontario has to offer as well as the flora and fauna that inhabit them. I began working in the Hajibabaei lab in October 2012 mainly processing samples relating to the Biomonitoring 2.0 research project. I completed my MSc in Integrative Biology with Mehrdad in 2016, where I looked at patterns in spatial and temporal diversity of benthic invertebrate communities identified through DNA metabarcoding as part of the Biomonitoring 2.0 project. Now, as lab manager for the Hajibabaei lab, I have a part in a variety of projects, including STREAM (stream-dna.com), grad student projects, and other collaborations.
I am currently an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Hajibabaei Lab. In September 2021, I will be entering my fourth year studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph. As a research assistant, I participate Read more…