I am a PhD candidate, co-supervised with Dr. Ryan Norris and Dr. Andrew McAdam. For my Doctoral thesis, I’m studying the evolution of aggression, using fruit flies as a model system. I’m interested in how inter-individual differences in phenotypes influence social interactions and ultimately, group dynamics and evolution.
Before I started my PhD, I worked as a wildlife biologist with the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. In that position, I coordinated a range of projects, including estimating free roaming cat populations in New York City, examining the effects of translocation on nuisance woodchucks, exploring urban bat populations using non-invasive techniques as well as quantifying tree cavity abundance across urban landscapes.
I completed my MSc at the University of Regina with Dr. Mark Brigham. My research focused on the influence of the social environment on behaviour in female big brown bats. I also had the opportunity to explore social preferences in big brown bats, a long-lived and highly social species.
My interest in animal behaviour began during my undergraduate years, at the University of Toronto. I completely two honours theses, one examining the impacts of the American marten on red-backed vole populations (with Marie-Josee Fortin), and another studying multimodal communication in brook stickleback (with Deborah McLennan). I also had the privilege of studying wildlife in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in taking a semester abroad with the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program through McGill University.