I am an outdoor enthusiast masquerading as a conservation biologist and quantitative ecologist. I'm currently a Liber Ero Fellow with Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings at Dalhousie University, where I'm assessing the impacts of salmon farms on wild salmon populations. In 2018, I finished my PhD at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. John Reynolds, Dr. Larry Dill, and Dr. Martin Krkosek.
My research interests revolve around the conservation of imperilled wildlife, particularly in the marine environment. I like to use field experiments and statistical modelling approaches to address questions about potential threats to at-risk populations.
As a researcher and field lead for Hakai Institute's Juvenile Salmon Program, I spend most of my summers in the field at Salmon Coast Field Station. Check out Hakai's stunning video of our work below (or here) to see what we do and why we do it.
Sept 7, 2018 - Success! Defended my PhD. Next up: postdoc at Dalhousie with Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings.
Jul 15, 2018 - Our new paper led by Emma Atkinson: young salmon remove sea lice by leaping. Story here.
Jan 31, 2018 - Privileged to join the Liber Ero team for a postdoc with Jeff Hutchings starting later this year!
Dec 6, 2018 - Here's an early access copy of our new paper: baby salmon with more sea lice eat less.
June 16, 2017 - Hot off the press: a CBC article about our recent paper (plain language summary here)
June 1, 2017 - Baby salmon with sea lice grow more slowly - new paper & summary of why we should care.
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