In 2015, I earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Calgary for research on primate behavior and physiology. I conducted a multi-year project that integrated quantitative observational fieldwork with laboratory analysis of dietary components and physiological biomarkers to better understand the effect of seasonality on the energetic condition of female capuchins.
I received a MA in Anthropology from the University of Calgary in 2009. Research for this project was entirely field-based and focused on understanding the structure and characteristics of dominance relationships formed by female capuchins.
I am currently working as a Sessional Instructor within the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Calgary, where I enjoy teaching both introductory and upper level courses. I also participate as a mentor for young women interested in pursuing careers in the sciences.
I am passionate about bridging the gap between scientific research and public knowledge. I am the Conservation Program Specialist – Graduate Programs advisor in the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research where I am able to incorporate teaching, student advising, and program management to help people become community leaders in conservation education and environmental stewardship.
PhD (2015) Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary
MA (2009) Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary
BSc (2003) Biology (Anthropology minor), Department of Biology, Trinity University (TX)