I am an Ecotoxicologist — eco·tox·i·col·o·gist
In October 2010, I joined the Department of Biology and School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and am currently an Associate Professor. My education includes a BSc from the University of British Columbia (1997) and a PhD from Simon Fraser University (2003). My postdoctoral training was in Forest Sciences at UBC jointly with Environment Canada (2003-2005) and later at the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Wales (2006-2010).
My research interests are focused on avian wildlife and freshwater ecotoxicology. I have broad interests in understanding how environmental contaminants affect communities and ecosytems… including both “bugs and birds”. I study a broad range of chemicals of interest such as pesticides, industrial pollutants and mercury. My research tries to explain how environmental contaminant exposure during key life stages affects a bird’s fitness. I use a variety of field, lab and captive studies to link exposure and effects from the cellular level to the whole organism.