PhD student and palaeoecologist at the University of Alberta
A BIT ABOUT ME
I am a Scottish PhD student at the University of Alberta working under the supervision of Dr. Duane Froese. My research interests include Quaternary palynology, entomology, and ancient DNA analysis of permafrost and arctic ground squirrels.
My doctoral research applies ancient DNA analyses to the exceptionally preserved floral and faunal remains found in Alaskan and Yukon permafrost deposits and the nests of arctic ground squirrels to reconstruct and track environmental and climatic change over the last 50,000 years.
As a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, the role and importance of leadership in my personal life is often grossly underestimated and drives my passion for increasing minority visibility in and outside of the university.
I am co-founder of Scientific QUEERies along with a fellow queer-identifying student here at the University of Alberta (read more about this initiative by clicking the button below).