.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 investigating 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 evidence-based conservation and management, particularly in the marine environment. I like to use field experiments, big datasets, and statistical modelling approaches to tackle questions about aquaculture sustainability and threats to imperiled wildlife.
I've spent most of my summers over the past decade at Salmon Coast Field Station. Check out Hakai Institute's stunning video of our work below (or here) to see what we do and why we do it.
March 28, 2022 - Sea-louse resistance to parasiticide is here on the Pacific coast. Paper here, story here.
Jan 30, 2022 - It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the tragic loss of the great Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings
May 5, 2021 - New article in the Halifax Examiner about our work on climate change and sea lice.
Feb 19, 2021 - Huge congrats to Kate Medcalf on her first lead-author paper! Results here.
Jan 25, 2021 - Honoured to be invited to the COSEWIC Marine Fishes Species Specialist Subcommittee
Dec 15, 2020 - New board member of Salmon Coast Field Station - a truly special place.
Sept 16, 2020 - Story in Hakai Magazine on a new paper - are we focussing on the wrong sea louse?
Sept 10, 2020 - Well today was a wild one. Stories about our new paper in The Narwhal and the CBC!
Sept 9, 2020 - New paper alert! Salmon farms seem to be under-reporting sea lice. PDF here.
Jul 24, 2020 - I'm presenting virtually on new salmon research at NACCB 2020! Check out the video here.
June 1, 2019 - Honoured to receive the Dean's Convocation Medal for Outstanding Thesis Dissertation
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