In my heart I'm a molecular biologist passionate about the world around us, and how biodiversity may change in response to of our warming world. I am currently completing a PhD at NORCE The Norwegian Research Center in affiliation with the University of Bergen.
I have extensive training in molecular biology, i.e. all things genomics (eDNA, DNA, RNA, digitalPCR, sequencing, etc.), cell culture (primary cell culture, cancer-cell lines, cloning), and microscopy (dissection, light-microscopy, super-resolution). Skills I have put to use during my PhD, where I focus on reconstructing marine biodiversity throughout deep time (e.g. >130 000 years ago) as well as the modern ocean through molecular ecology. To learn more about my PhD work, please visit agensi.eu.
This exciting interdisciplinary field can be summarised as palaeogenomics and palaeoceanography in the (sub)Arctic. Through my work, I emphasise the importance of understanding the impacts of warming oceans, shrinking sea ice, and reduced polar ice sheets on marine biodiversity. eDNA is powerful in that it can resolve many organisms not preserved in fossil records (e.g. plankton, algae, fungi, and more). Many of these micro-sized organisms are the foundation of marine food webs and nutrient cycling. I look forward to developing in the field of paleogenomics and biodiversity monitoring via molecular ecology.
eDNA, environmental DNA, is an exciting molecular tool to understand biodiversity. I have worked with eDNA from sediment, sea-ice, and sea-water. I have experience collecting eDNA samples, DNA extraction methods, and experiment design.
My PhD work has focused on Sedimentary Ancient DNA, sedaDNA, from marine sediment cores. I have successfully produced records of biodiversity into the Last Interglacial (~130 thousand years ago). I have experience in rigorous ancient DNA laboratory protocols, laboratory set-up, and protocol development.
Through my PhD I have gained training in theory of (Palaeo-)oceanography, (Palaeo-)climatology, with a focus on the Arctic and sub-polar North Atlantic. In the lab I have experience in processing of sediment cores, colour scanning, and biogeochemistry sampling.
Microscopy and genomics are a powerful combination. I have formal training in light microscopy and Super-resolution methods. I have worked with the Microscopy Imaging Facility at the University of Calgary as a microscopy technician (2018-2019).
A critical skill for any molecular biologist is bioinformatics and data analysis. I have built up my bioinformatics competency through a variety of experimental designs, with specific expertise in DNA metabardocing work. I have specific skills in R, and Python.
I have a diverse scientific background with a range of skills, to learn more about my laboratory, data analysis, and research skills check out my full academic C.V.
Molecular Ecology & Evolution
Antibiotics:Biology & Chemistry
Microscopy & Bio-Imaging
Ecology & Evolution
Biology of Fungi
Thesis in Molecular Ecology of Parasitic Tapeworm of Western Canada
Advanced Reproduction Health
Advanced Light Microscopy
Ethics and Research Methods
Climate Change & Society
Theory of Science and Ethics
Thesis in Polar Paleogenomics and Palaeoceanography