I am PhD student in the Integrative Biology department co-supervised by Karl Cottenie and Bob Hanner. My two major research interests are community ecology and aquatic entomology, with a focus on impacted ecosystems and bioindicator taxa. I am currently exploring the influence of farming intensity on aquatic insect communities in riverine systems and developing protocols to use environmental DNA (eDNA) for both bioassessments and community analyses. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a BSc in Biology (Zoology major) at the University of Guelph in 2012. I first became involved in research through the undergraduate thesis program, where I completed a project exploring the functional morphology of damselfly nymphs under different predation regimes. After that, I worked as a lab and field technician for three years at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario where I was responsible for collecting insects in National Parks across Canada, sorting and identifying specimens, and collaborating with researchers at other insect collections. Interested in developing my skills as a researcher, I left to pursue graduate school and in 2017, I completed my MSc in wetland ecology at the University of Waterloo. My MSc thesis examined the effect of agricultural land use and wetland permanence on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and diversity patterns in Alberta’s prairie pothole wetlands.