I am an ecologist who enjoys studying conservation biology and the role of biogeochemical cycles in ecological communities. I am currently studying a native Canadian amphibian of conservation concern to understand how global change drivers are interacting to produce it's decline and how we can manage land in the future to ensure it's persistence. In the past I have studied marine subsidies to freshwater ecosystems, food-web dynamics of a critically endangered sea-lion, co-evolution of sexual reproduction and parasites in a freshwater snail and above-ground below-ground interactions.
My desire to understand the complexity of nature likely stems from my childhood. I grew up on the west of coast of New Zealand surrounded by dense native bush, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Tasman Sea. Growing up in such a diverse environment has made me very curious to understand biological and geological processes which explain what I see now. My interests out of science include tramping (overnight hiking), climbing, mountain running, cycling, songwriting, violin, guitar and photography.
I am currently doing a PhD at the University of British Columbia studying amphibian invasion ecology an conservation in the Stream and Riparian Research Lab after graduating from the Freshwater Ecology Research Group at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and recently finishing work as a contracted researcher at NIWA (NZ government research institute).
March 2018 - Offered a National Geographic Early Career Grant to conduct my PhD research this year.
October 2017 - Presented my preliminary findings at a local ecology and evolution conference.
April - August 2017 - First PhD field season conducting amphibian conservation research on Haida Gwaii, BC.
September 2017 - Awarded a Killam Doctoral Graduate Scholarship (in title).
April 2017 - Awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
January 2017 - Published a paper from my honours research.
January 2016 - Started my PhD in John S. Richardson's lab group in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
July 2015 - Accepted a PhD scholarship to study at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, beginning January 2016.
December 2014 - April 2015: Working at NIWA NZ (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) as a contracted researcher, investigating the decline of a critically endangered subantarctic sea lion using stable isotope analysis of their teeth to infer temporal changes in diet.
December 2014: Graduated with first class honours in Ecology (BSc(Hons).
November 2014: Presented my honours research at the Water Symposium of the New Zealand Hydrological Society, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society and the IPENZ Rivers Group 2014 - unofficial second place for best MSc/BSc(Hons) research talk.
October 2014: Presented my honours research at the University of Canterbury Annual Biology Conference - won first place for best BSc(Hons) research talk.
August 2014: Presented my honours research at the 9th IsoEcol - International Conference on Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies, 3rd-8th August 2014, Perth.
July 2014: Running stats on my honours data and making a poster for the stable isotopes ecology conference in Perth!
June 2014: Stable isotope results back from the lab (thanks Dr Travis Horton from Geological Sciences), processing Campbell Island samples soon (thanks EOS Ecology for providing the samples!).
Represented the Freshwater Ecology Research Group as a stream ecologist at the Heathcote River Symposium.
May 2014: Abstract accepted for IsoEcol2014 (Stable Isotope Ecology Conference in Perth, Australia) - to present a poster on my honours research titled "Detecting marine subsidies in stream communities".
April 2014: Graduated with a BSc double majoring in Biology and Geology.
March - April 2014: Carried out lab work for my honours project- gutting, drying, grinding and weighing invertebrates (photos here).
January 2014: Published my first peer reviewed publication in the NZ Journal of Ecology, see here.
November 2013-March 2014: Carried out most of the field work for my honours project.
All images copyrighted, 2014. Please contact R. Gamlen-Greene for permission to use.