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 the effects of the recent El Niño and mass coral bleaching event on the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. Specifically, my research focuses on the effects of bleaching-associated mass coral mortality on the structural complexity of coral reef ecosystems, and the impacts of reef degradation on reef fish community structure. I am currently a CAUS Level 1 Scientific Diver, and recently completed my second 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.