A Scientist in training (and self-diagnosed theoretical ecologist) who loves playing outside in the mountains and wants to understand why communities are structured the way that they are. Being the
maths geek nerd that I am my PhD has taken on a distinctly computational flavour and aims to help us improve our understanding and ability to make more global generalisations about ecological communities - although I sometimes find myself reverting back to my ‘microecology’ roots and getting caught up in the weeds at times 🙈. Current interests include (but are not limited to): ecological networks, species traits, the role of scale and how all that fits together. Now also featuring dinosaurs! 🦖
A plant ecologist by inclination I can usually be found gushing about how cute a particular grass (or succulent) is, hanging off of the side of a mountain or going on bike-ventures to various coffee shops. When the weather forces me indoors I’m most likely spending way more time than I need to trying to automate a process that could be done in a few minutes, exercising my creative side or trying to find new (and pretty) ways in which to visualise data and results i.e. combining my geeky self with my artistic alter-ego.
PhD in Biological Sciences, 2024
Université de Montréal | Canada
MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity, 2020
Stockholms Universitet | Sweden
BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences, 2017
University of Pretoria | South Africa
Wombling (not about actual wombats); edge detection; spatial boundaries; and how we can apply this to ecological networks.
What does the future of predicting networks look like? And what types of questions should we be asking?
Singular Value Decomposition; network complexity; network prediction and possibly some network assembly.