Ph.D. (Geography), University of Guelph (2013)
I am passionate about many things: the environment, teaching, community engagement, and science communication are four of those passions that I have been lucky enough to merge into my current academic career. My background is in biological science/ecology and biophysical geography, and my doctoral work was framed in the fields of rural geography, social vulnerability, and climate change adaptation. I grew up in a rural area in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where I came to understand the value that both natural and social capital can offer a community; certainly this is what inspired my eventual research focus on the adaptability of social-ecological systems. My interdisciplinary research informs my teaching practice, and the two together encapsulate my academic philosophy: to be an engaged (and engaging) learner and teacher with a responsibility to encourage a positive impact on society.