I grew up in the Tri-Cities area, though also spent some time in Victoria on Vancouver Island. I stayed close to home for my undergrad, choosing SFU, and ended up getting a degree in environmental science. This provided a great basis for some of the co-op jobs I did during my degree, with Agriculture Canada, and at CABI - a research lab in Switzerland. Once I had completed my undergaduate degree I also spent some time as an environmental consultant at Stantec.
My current research involves studying the relationship between mosquitoes and plants in order to develop mosquito control technologies that take advantage of this relationship.
While I had opportunities at University of Toronto and others, I chose SFU due to the outstanding quality of research produced by the Gries lab. I worked with Gerhard and Regine Gries during my undergrad and was blown away by the caliber of the work they do and their dedication to their students. It has truly been a privilege to work with them.