I am an MSc student in the Baum Lab at the University of Victoria studying marine ecology and conservation. I am broadly interested in looking at the effects of both natural and anthropogenic disturbances such as fishing, pollution, and climate change on the diversity and abundance of aquatic organisms, and I wish to conduct research that has real-world applications for the conservation of marine ecosystems.
For my MSc I will be examining changes in reef fish populations over time at the Kiritimati atoll in the Central Pacific, particularly looking at the effects of the recent El Niño and resulting mass coral bleaching event. Specifically, I will be examining the effects of structural complexity on reef fish community composition, and assessing the role of herbivorous fishes in reef recovery. I am currently a CAUS Level 1 Scientific Diver, and recently completed my first field season on Kiritimati.
In addition to marine research I love books, travel, sports, and outdoor activities, and I am also interested in the realm of science communication.