I'm a recent B.Sc. Zoology graduate who is interested in how the world around us is affected by abiotic changes. My passions for ecology and entomology have led me to work in some amazing labs at the University of Guelph, including those of Dr. M. Alex Smith, Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, and Dr. Andrew MacDougall. I completed my undergraduate thesis in the Smith lab on comparing the lightness of two biodiverse, cryptic insect groups across a neotropical elevational gradient. I currently work as a field technician in the MacDougall lab where I aid in collecting, sorting, identifying, and pinning insects from Ontario. I am excited to be starting a Mitacs Career Connect internship in the Smith Lab in the fall, where I will be continuing my research with neotropical insects.

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