In 2012, I received my First Class Honours in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. During this time I developed a passion for anything related to anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment with a keen interest in benthic responses to increasing stresses. Immediately after my BSc, I enrolled in Dalhousie’s Masters of Oceanography program. Here I was exposed to the multidisciplinary breadth of oceanographic science, expanding my biological background to include the chemical, geological and physical aspects of the global ocean. My thesis focused on biogeochemical responses of soft-sediments to organic loading around fin-fish aquaculture farms. More specifically, my research identified limitations of an existing monitoring/management program in the Atlantic provinces that uses redox-potential and dissolved sulphide concentrations as indicators of ‘benthic health’.
I have recently started my PhD candidature at Southern Cross University's Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry where I will continue to look at benthic responses to increasing anthropogenic pressures. Over the next few years I plan to expand our current understanding of how vulnerable shallow coastal sediments will respond to a combination of stresses that have been projected as future climate conditions.