Research

 

Currently, I am studying behavioural genetics in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata). I am interested in how ecologically relevant stressors may impact behaviour and social learning through epigentics. I am working under the supervision of Dr. Rowan Barrett. I am also collaborating with Dr. Andrew Hendry, Dr. Simon Reader and Dr. Mélanie Guigueno.

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Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Photo taken by: Christine Bubac

From September 2017 – August 2018, I assisted in a project using a candidate gene approach to investigate the genetic basis of boldness in a free ranging population of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in collaboration with Christine Bubac (PhD Candidate) under the supervision of Dr. David Coltman.

During the summer of 2017, I worked at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories helping Dr. Dmitry Klokov research the impact of low dose radiation on the progression and severity of colon cancer. I also assissted Dr. Soji Sebastian with various muscle stem cell work.

Between September 2016 to May 2017, I undertook an independent research project aiming to predict susceptibility to Chronic Wasting Disease in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) through sequencing of the PRNP gene under the supervision of Dr. David Coltman and also Dr. Debbie McKenzie.

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Darting Nyalas on Mbuluzi Game Reserve in Swaziland

I spent May and the beginning of June of 2016 at the Savannah Research Centre on Mbuluzi Game Reserve in Swaziland where I aided in various ongoing ecological studies and helped in the transfer of Nyalas to a different game reserve. I also conducted an independent research project looking at the accuracy of Livestock Units for determining stocking densities of impalas (Aepyceros melampus) under the supervision of Dr. Randal Arsenault.

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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

From July to August 2016, I worked on various biological oceanography projects at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre under the direction of Dr. Bradford Gemmell. I also specifically investigated the temporal changes in mixed layer depths at various locations around Vancouver Island.