My interest in plant biology can be traced back to my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. I had the opportunity to study and work in the greenhouses and growth facilities and quickly became captivated by the diversity of the plant world. I joined the University of Guelph Department of Botany as the Growth Facilities Coordinator in 2004, initially working in the growth facilities located in the Alexander Hall (Axelrod) building before moving to the Summerlee Science Complex Phytotron in 2005.
Supporting the wide variety of research in the Phytotron, watching biological control programs at work, connecting our teaching collection with undergraduate botany courses and giving tours to enthusiastic botany students are some of my favorite aspects of working in the facility. I continue to expand my knowledge and understanding of research in controlled environments through my active participation in professional organizations such as the North Central Extension & Research Activity–101 group (NCERA-101) and the Association of Education and Research Greenhouse Curators (AERGC) where I have been elected to the executive committee since 2008.