I was born and raised on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. I received my B.Sc. in biology with a minor in 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 burrowing and great horned owl pellets, which inspired my decision to go back to school and get my M.Sc. in biology. My M.Sc. thesis used the same owl pellet dataset 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 in my Ph.D. program by focusing on the impacts of land modification for agricultural production on rodent species distributions across the Canadian prairies.