I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Guelph majoring in Environmental Sciences. I was brought into Dr. Kevin McCann and Dr. Neil Rooney's labs as a research assistant and field technician in the Summer of 2017 and have been involved with their labs ever since.
Since August 2017 I have been conducting my own research under Neil Rooney surrounding the effects of agricultural intensity on stream metabolism on the north shore of Lake Erie. I am using ecological indicators such as cotton strip assays and periphytometers to measure bacterial respiration and primary production as indicators of carbon cycling of stream function. I will be continuing this research in the summer of 2018, expanding my sample size and slightly altering my methodology.
I have a passion for examining the abiotic and biotic components on an ecosystem and seeing what effects anthropogenic processes have on these systems. I hope to continue my academic career in post-graduate studies in the future and someday work for a private environmental consulting firm as a consultant.