I am a postdoc working working on the PalEON (Paleo-Ecological Observatory Network) project. The primary goal of PalEON is to use ecological data to learn about forest ecosystems and how they have changed over time in order to validate and inform terrestrial ecosystem models.
My main role in PalEON is to develop spatio-temporal models to link fossil pollen data from sedimentary lake cores to surrounding vegetation. The relationship between pollen and vegetation is estimated using settlement era data from the United States Public Land Survey and a network of pollen records. I work closely with Jason McLachlan and Chris Paciorek, although PalEON is a highly collaborative project.
I completed my PhD in applied mathematics with Mark Lewis, Ken Stadt, and Phil Comeau at the University of Alberta. During my PhD, I spent two years visiting the Clark Lab at the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University. I was motivated to pursue a PhD in math ecology after working as an intern for the Canadian Forest Service at the Northern Forestry Centre. Before beginning this internship, I obtained my MSc from the University of Alberta under the supervision of Thomas Hillen. I obtained my BSc in mathematics from McMaster University in 2003.
Throughout this journey, I have also devoted much of my time teaching, tutoring and volunteering. To learn about some of the endeavors I have been involved with, see my teaching page.