My research interests include reef fishes, mesophotic coral ecosystems, evolution, community ecology, and genetics. My primary role in the ToBo Lab has been to open and operate a new environmental DNA (eDNA) laboratory facility. In my capacity as a graduate research assistant, I use our new eDNA lab to process samples collected on Pristine Seas (National Geographic Society) expeditions. I also contribute analyses to population genetics projects that the ToBo Lab works on.
Originally from Prince Edward Island (the smallest province in Canada), I studied for my BSc with majors in Biology and Kinesiology at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX). After this, I worked in a few research related positions in Bermuda, Cambodia, and for the Canadian federal government before beginning the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). I spent most of my time in this pan-European program studying genetics and the evolution of marine animals in Montpellier (France), Kiel (Germany), and Groningen (the Netherlands). My hobbies include sports, video games, SCUBA diving, reading, and learning languages.
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