Global Institute for Water Security

Degree Pursuing

Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainability

Academic Background

  • Education Masters of Science, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario

Thesis Description

My research aims to understand how global change stressors (e.g., brownification and nutrient loading) influence the structure and function of phytoplankton communities, with an emphasis on harmful algal blooms. I focus on identifying environmental drivers that propagate and maintain potentially harmful species and consequently the potential health risks for humans and the environment. Ultimately, understanding the "why"and "how" of bloom development and toxin production could help establish effective mitigation measures aimed at combating this significant threat to global water security.

Research Interests and Keywords

  • Algae
  • Composition
  • Abundance
  • Biovolume
  • Species richness
  • Species evenness