About

IMG_20180827_164719I am a molecular ecologist with broad interests in the application of genetics to management and conservation. My research uses a variety of genetic techniques and analyses to understand aquatic biodiversity and address issues at the individual, population and community level.

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, I moved to Scotland in 2009 to take a position with the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) on a project entitled “Focusing Atlantic Salmon Management On Populations” (FASMOP) and was involved with the EU SALSEA-MERGE Project as well as the Managing Interactions Aquaculture Project (MIAP). In 2014, I joined Inverness College UHI as a Researcher with the Rivers and Lochs Institute, focusing on the use of genetics in management of fisheries and aquatic biodiversity.

I have previously taught modules in Introductory Genetics, Evolution, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Laboratory Techniques.

Professional positions

Senior Researcher (2018 – present) – Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness College, UHI

Researcher (2014 – 2018) – Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness College, UHI

Affiliate Researcher (2012-2016) – Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Molecular Population Geneticist (2009-2014) – Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS)

Education

PhD – Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Thesis title: Historical and contemporary processes shaping population genetic structure of an anadromous fish (Osmerus mordax)

MSc – Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. Thesis title: Mitochondrial genomics of Gadid fishes: implications for taxonomy and biogeographic origins

BSc (Honours) – University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada. Thesis title: Identification of American lobster (Homarus americanus) stocks off Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia