M.Sc. by coursework
I graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Animal Biology. I was motivated to pursue a master’s degree due to my interest in swine, reptiles, and wildlife. Additionally, in my undergraduate degree I enrolled in the course wildlife biology, which expanded my perspective on research in wild animals and the importance of understanding thermal regulation.
I have begun my MSc in Animal Biosciences by coursework supervised by Dr. Esther Finnegan (http://animalbiosciences.uoguelph.ca/users/efinegan ). The focus of my research will be to investigate thermal regulation in Komodo dragons. I was inspired to perform research in the reptile field because over the summer I worked at a zoo giving behind the scene tours, which required teaching visitors about our reptiles. However, even with multiple resources it was clear that many aspects regarding reptile husbandry are still guess work and not supported by conclusive research. Therefore, the goal of my research will be to allow for a better understanding of Komodo dragons thermal needs in order to improving husbandry and help understand and protect the species.
Outside of academia, I enjoy reading, playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets.