I am a graduate student working towards a Master's degree in Environmental & Life Sciences at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. My research focuses on bioinformatics, functional genomics, and ecology of hybridization between northern and southern flying squirrels. I received my B.Sc. (Hons.) from Trent University in 2015 and decided to continue my education at Trent University due to the exceptional faculty, facilities, and research opportunities available. I am supervised by Dr. Jeff Bowman (OMNRF) and Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent University).
I began working with flying squirrels in 2015 as a student wildlife biologist under Dr. Jeff Bowman, a Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research & Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. I was inspired by these species, and the work being conducted by Dr. Bowman, his students and colleagues. There are fundamental gaps in knowledge regarding the implications of hybridization between closely related mammal species from a genomic context, which led to me Dr. Paul Wilson - Canada Research Chair in DNA Profiling, Forensics, and Functional Genomics - of Trent University. Dr. Bowman and Dr. Wilson have collaborated on a variety of projects coupling population and landscape ecology with functional and conservation genomics. I am grateful to be supported by two of the great minds in the Environmental & Life Sciences program at Trent University while I complete a Master's of Science degree.