Ph.D., Thesis in Invertebrate Palaeontology – Expected December, 2018
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:

Current Research Projects:

  • The effects of ocean acidification on predator-prey relationships through time – PhD dissertation
  • “The impacts of climate change on the biomechanics of animals” – Phil. Trans. B special issue
  • Functional morphology and biomechanics of Devonian Atrypide brachiopods – ongoing
  • Palaeoecology and environmental controls on host-encruster dynamics – ongoing
  • Predatory behaviour and preferences of crabs on gastropod and bivalve prey – ongoing
  • Predation dynamics and repair scar systems along modern environmental gradients – ongoing
  • Encrusting communities on modern scallops – ongoing
  • Ecology, environmental controls, and distribution of intertidal organisms – ongoing

Research Assistant, Volunteer Researcher

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

  • Field work in Devonian (AB, Iowa), and modern intertidal settings (BC, California)
  • Provide all specimen identification for Devonian North American brachiopods and encrusters
  • Conduct research for several ongoing projects, including:
  • Environmental controls on brachiopod morphology (AB, NWT, Michigan, and Iowa)
  • Distribution of brachiopod communities in the Waterways Formation (AB)
  • Crab preferences for gastropod prey (California, BC, Washington)
  • Dynamics of intertidal communities (BC)
  • Assist undergraduate and other graduate students with manuscripts, research, and presentations for professional conferences, such as GSA Annual Meetings

NSERC Undergraduate Research Award

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (May – Aug. 2010)

  • Examined hosts and their encrusting organisms from the Devonian of NWT and Iowa
  • Gave an oral presentation at the GSA Annual Meeting and published my findings in Palaeo3

Teaching Experience:

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Sept. 2012 – 2014, Sept. 2015 – present)

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

Relevant Professional Employment Experience:

Palaeontology Consultant

Devonian Solutions, Edmonton, AB (July 2016 – present)

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

Facilitator Team Lead (F2)

Telus Spark, Calgary, AB (Nov. 2014 – Sept. 2015)

  • Led a team of ~12 facilitators 2-4 times per week, and act as a support to the other team leads
  • Performed 4 live science shows on anatomy, temperature and matter, fire, and sound to public audiences almost every shift (over 10,000 guests)
  • Safely conducted experiments with dangerous and/or flammable substances, such as exploding hydrogen-filled balloons, handling liquid nitrogen, and making rockets
  • Interacted with all public guests and school groups in the main galleries, feature galleries, school programs, and live atrium science demonstrations
  • Assisted with conducting group interviews for new camp facilitation staff
  • Presented a palaeontology “crash course” for the Facilitation team, and provide information for fossil and rock “pocket tools” for added visitor engagement
  • Maintained gallery cleanliness, and anticipate materials/exhibits needs

Scientific Education Coordinator and Interpreter

Jurassic Forest, Gibbons, AB (Apr. 2011 – Sept. 2012)

  • 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 other staff


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

  • 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:

Reviewer, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Series Coordinator, Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series (Women in Science, U of A), 2016 – present
Classroom Outreach Scientist, Alberta Science Network and University of Alberta, 2012 – 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
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
Volunteer fossil prep, Dino Lab, University of Alberta, 2007 – 2010