I completed my BSc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Guelph. Following this, I went on to complete my Master’s in Biology at Western, where I studied the effects of environmental parameters on the toxicity of a harmful algal species. My Master’s experience was crucial in the development of my interest in water quality and its effects on ecosystems and human communities. I am currently a PhD student working with Dr. Merritt Turetsky and Dr. Neil Rooney. My project is part of the Food from Thought initiative at Guelph and will focus on the effects of agriculture on the biogeochemistry and metabolism of stream ecosystems within the Lake Erie watershed.