I was born and raised on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. My 3 siblings and I spent most of our time raising kittens, riding horses, ‘monitoring’ bird nests, building rafts to float around on our ponds, collecting the biggest snails we could find, watching the northern lights, and generally exploring everything within biking distance of our yard. I also loved school. From an early age I knew I was going to University, there were no other options. In highschool I decided to focus my education on the natural sciences, particularly biology. Go figure.
I received my B.Sc. in biology with a minor geography from the University of Saskatchewan. While in school and a few years following graduation, I did contract work for several graduate research projects, non-profit organizations, and provincial government ministries. One of these projects focused on processing owl pellets at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, which inspired my decision to go back to school and get my M.Sc. in biology. My M.Sc. thesis used these owl pellets to examine the landscape-level influences of habitat and weather on small mammal communities (i.e., rodents and shrews). I am now continuing this research by focusing on the impacts of agriculture on rodent species distributions across the Canadian prairies.