I am a early career social scientist interested in the human dimensions of climate change. Currently I am working as a Policy Analyst with British Columbia’s Climate Action Secretariat’s Intergovernmental Relations and Indigenous Engagement Team. Prior to this position, I was a First Nations Relations Advisor for BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. I worked as a researcher and project manager for the People, Animals, Water, and Sustenance (PAWS) project associated with the University of Guelph and Cape Breton University, as well as the InukSUK: Strength. Understanding. Knowledge. project being directed by Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Dr. Sherilee Harper.
I have been fortunate enough to conduct research with indigenous communities in both developing countries and the Canadian Arctic. During a field study I conducted research on malaria bednet use near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and conducted research on the views surrounding charcoal production in Elangata Wuas (Kajiado District) of Kenya related to an internship with Africa SOMA. Through my work with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group I have conducted a variety of research projects related to climate change adaptation in Iqaluit, Nunavut and more recently Rigolet, Labrador. My work has explored the relationship between climate change and gastrointestinal health, water, food security, and gender. During my Masters degree at McGill University I investigated the climate change experiences and adaptations of Inuit women in Iqaluit, Nunavut under the supervision of Dr. James Ford.
I strive to take a decolonized approach to all the work and research I conduct and actively work to involve community members and stakeholders throughout the research process. Conducting research is a privilege and I cannot thank the communities that have hosted me, and the individuals have shared with me enough.
I was lucky enough to be raised on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and spent nine years calling Montreal, in la belle province, Quebec home. Now I am lucky enough to be back among mountains and the ocean in Victoria BC. In my spare time I like to do and tech improv comedy, take on large knitting projects, do yoga, travel, and get outside.
2013-2015 McGill University Masters of Arts in Geography
2008-2012 McGill University Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Development Studies