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

  • Conducted research and field work on Devonian communities from Alberta, for which I provided all specimen identification and instruction for future specimen identification
  • Studied the effects of environmental change on body shape in brachiopods (animals similar to clams) from the Devonian of Alberta, Michigan, and Iowa
  • Participated in field work and data collection for several ongoing projects analysing Devonian marine communities in Iowa, Michigan, and the Western Canadian Sedimentary basin
  • Conducted field work, data collection, and data analysis for ongoing projects at Bamfield Marine Research Station, including encrusting organisms on scallops, and predation on snails
  • Assist undergraduate and other graduate students with research projects and presentations for professional conferences, such as GSA Annual Meetings
  • Created a reading room containing books and geological maps from 1847 – present

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

  • Examined hosts and their encrusting organisms from the Devonian of NWT and Iowa
  • Gave an oral presentation on my research at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver and published my findings in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Participated in a research experiment at Bamfield Marine Research Station (Bamfield, B.C.) comparing modern predation of snails by crabs to evidence in the fossil record

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
  • Led classes of 16 – 25 students in practical applications of geological principles, including exercises in mapping, identification of materials (rocks, minerals, maps, and fossils), and short field trips to localities in the river valley
  • Gained familiarity with departmental collections and their use as educational material
  • Became very attuned to the learning needs of individual students, and guided them through new material using diagrams, samples, videos, visualizations, hand gestures, and analogies they could apply to their everyday lives
  • Provided guest lectures focused on the applications of my research to scientific problems discussed in coursework
  • Created, assessed, proctored, and graded midterms, finals, and weekly quizzes and assignments

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, “Here’s Looking At You”, “Temperature Adventure”, “On Fire”, and “Sounds Like Science” 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 additional public programming, such as a “real tool” workshop, and daily atrium programming and demonstrations
  • Assist with conducting group interviews for new camp facilitation staff
  • Participate in the school programs the “Light and Sound Show” and “Curious Matter”
  • Present a palaeontology “crash course” for the Facilitation team, and provide information for fossil and rock “pocket tools” for added visitor engagement
  • Encourage volunteers and facilitators, and act as a role model to all staff and volunteers
  • Maintain gallery cleanliness, and anticipate materials/exhibits needs

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:

Webmaster, ATLAS (U of A EAS Dept. Graduate Student Society (2016 – present)
 Grace Anne Stewart Female Speaker Series (U of A EAS Dept.), 2016 – present
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