I received my BSc from the University of Western Ontario in 2010 and my MSc from McMaster University in 2013. Towards the end of my Masters I started analyzing genome size databases for physiological trends. One trend that became apparent was that polyploid organisms often inhabit more resource-limited environments than their diploid progenitors or relatives. I hypothesize that this trend exists because polyploids can store more per unit volume than diploids. As a PhD student, I am currently testing this hypothesis in the labs of Hafiz Maherali and Brian C. Husband with numerous accessions and cytotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana.