My expertise and research interests are in molecular ecology, landscape genetics, and patterns of species genetic diversity in nature. Before taking up this position at GEO BON, I worked at the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) where I supported the implementation of the Global Taxonomy Initiative and the program on invasive alien species. I completed my Ph.D. in 2020 at McGill University with Drs. Melania Cristescu and Andrew Gonzalez. My research investigated how human-induced environmental stressors (e.g., pollution, human population density) affect patterns of intraspecific genetic diversity of animal species worldwide, and how the loss or addition of environmental barriers may influence the divergence of ecologically isolated species.
I hope to bridge my experience in assessing species and genetic diversity with my experience engaging with Parties and stakeholders to support GEO BON’s mission. I’m looking forward to engaging with users and members of GEO BON’s vast network.