My research involves the relationship between mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) dispersal capabilities, wing morphology and genetics. Linking genomic traits to morphological and behavioral characteristics could enhance our predictive understanding of how different D. ponderosae populations disperse. This knowledge would allow preventative actions and resources to be used more efficiently.
Before diving into an academic life I was a corporal in the Armored Corps of the Canadian Forces. After completing my contract with the military I went to Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) where I got my BSc with a double major in Biology and Environmental Sciences. During my undergrad I travelled to the cloud forests of Honduras to study the parasitoid wasp, Pelecinus polyturator. After graduating I taught labs and field courses as a sessional instructor for CUE; those included labs like Animal Behaviour, Flora an Fauna of Alberta, and Field Ecology of Alberta.
At this point it was obvious to me that the academic life could entertain my interests in the biological world, so I decided to pursue an PhD in the Sperling Lab, which has led me down some exceptionally interesting paths I may never have taken otherwise.