Ph.D., Thesis in Invertebrate Palaeontology – Expected 2019
Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

M.Sc., Thesis in Invertebrate Palaeontology – November, 2014
Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Thesis Title: The biology of sclerobionts and their hosts: Comparing biomechanical experiments on brachiopod hosts to sclerobiont distribution maps

B.Sc., Honours in Paleontology – June, 2011
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Grants and Fellowships:

Unitas Malacologica Student Research Award – €500 (2017 – 2018)
Vanier NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – $150,000 (2016 – 2019)
President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (U of A) – $10,000 – $28,000 approx. (2016 – 2019)
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (NSERC) – $6000 (2016 – 2017)
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctorate – $105,000 (2016, Declined to accept Vanier)
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s – $17,500 (2013 – 2014)
Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship, University of Alberta – $5,200 (2013)
Lerner Gray Memorial Fund, American Museum of Natural History – $1,500 (2013)
Geological Society of America Student Research Grant – $2,125 (2013)
NSERC Undergraduate Research Award – $5,600 (2010)

Research Experience:

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; Fort McMurray, AB; Iowa, USA (Sept. 2012 – present)
Research Assistant, Volunteer Researcher

  • Ongoing projects:
    • Devonian brachiopod communities from northern Alberta, the NWT, Michigan, and Iowa – brachiopod feeding biomechanics, morphology and environmental analysis, and encruster communities
    • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre – Gastropod – crab surveys and predation patterns, encrusting communities on scallops

NSERC Undergraduate Research Award, Edmonton, AB (May – Aug. 2010)
Undergraduate Researcher

Teaching Experience:

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Sept. 2012 – 2014, Sept. 2015 – Apr. 2016)
Teaching Assistant

  • Courses instructed: EAS 100 – Planet Earth, EAS 105 – The Dynamic Earth Through Time, EAS 210 – Engineering Earth Sciences, EAS 230 – Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology

Relevant Professional Employment Experience:

Devonian Solutions, Edmonton, AB (present),
Palaeontology Consultant

  • Provide detailed identification of fossils specimens from the Devonian of Alberta for private ecological and exploration companies

Telus Spark, Calgary, AB (Nov. 2014 – Sept. 2015)
Facilitator Team Lead (F2)

  • Lead a team of about 12 facilitators 2-4 times per week, and act as a support to the other team leads during the rest of the week
  • Perform live science demonstrations to public audiences almost every shift
  • Safely conduct experiments with dangerous and/or flammable substances, such as exploding hydrogen-filled balloons, handling liquid nitrogen, and making rockets
  • Interact with all public guests and school groups in the main galleries, feature gallery, and daily atrium programming and demonstrations
  • Assist with conducting group interviews for new camp facilitation staff
  • Present a palaeontology “crash course” for the Facilitation team, and provide information for fossil and rock “pocket tools” for added visitor engagement

Jurassic Forest, Gibbons, AB (Apr. 2011 – Sept. 2012)
Scientific Education Coordinator and Interpreter

  • Jurassic Forest is an educational and entertainment facility featuring over 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs in a natural forest setting, as well as an interpretive centre with nature and palaeontology exhibits
  • Developed new informational signs and exhibits located throughout the facility
  • Conducted and booked educational programming for school groups of up to 400 students from pre-school – Grade 10, as well as the general public
  • Created educational resource material and in-school programs for elementary and junior high classrooms, including new field trip lesson plans
  • Hired, trained, and supervised interpretive guides, and assisted the General and Assistant Manager supervise staff

Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre, Herschel, SK (May – August 2008 and 2009)

  • Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre is a non-profit organization focused on the preservation and awareness of the fossils, prehistoric artifacts, and ecology of Herschel and the surrounding area
  •  Created new palaeontological and geological exhibits showcasing the history, fossils, and geological formations of the area, as well as a walking geological tour
  • Revised the palaeontological and geological catalogues by providing corrections and additions to over 400 entries in the collections database
  • Guided the school groups and the general public on tours of the interpretive centre and Herschel’s archaeological and palaeontological sites

Other Experience:

Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series Coordinator (U of A EAS Dept.), 2017 – present
Webmaster, ATLAS (U of A EAS Dept. Graduate Student Society, 2016 – 2017
Outreach Coordinator, ATLAS (U of A EAS Dept. Graduate Student Society), 2015 – 2016
Reviewer, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2014
VP Finance, University of Alberta Palaeontological Society, 2012 – 2014
President, University of Alberta Palaeontological Society, 2010 – 2011
VP External , University of Alberta Palaeontological Society, 2009 – 2010
VP Communications, University of Alberta Palaeontological Society, 2008 – 2009