My Scientific CV

SUMMARY

Fourth-year Zoology student with experience in ecological research in the field and laboratory, report writing, data analysis and experimental design skills.

Special interest in animal behaviour and ecology of polar environments.

Additional experience in visual communication and public engagement.

EDUCATION

September 2016 - June 2021

Integrated Masters of Science in Zoology at the University of Glasgow – Scotland, UK

September 2019 - July 2020

 Placement year at the University of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland

• Research assistant for Dr. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir

September 2017 - May 2018

 Study abroad at the University of Alberta – Edmonton (AB), Canada

July 2017

British Ecological Society Summer School – Dale Fort, Wales (UK)

RESEARCH & WORK EXPERIENCE

CONFERENCES & OUTREACH EVENTS

September 2019 - July 2020

Research assistant for Dr. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, University of Iceland – Reykjavík (Iceland)

  • Whale song analysis using software RavenPro

  • Whale biopsy sample collection and processing

  • Marine mammal photo ID and behavioural observations

  • Realisation of public outreach projects

  • Design of a research website and blog

December - January 2019

Field & Lab technician for Dr. Davide Dominoni, Univeristy of Glasgow – Glasgow (UK)

  • Sampling of white clover (Trifolium repens) on the Glasgow urban-rural gradient for the Global Urban Evolution (GLUE) Project

  • Determination of T. repens HCN cyanotype using Feigl-Anger Assay and tissue sample collection

May - July 2019

Field & Lab technician for Dr. Kathryn Elmer’s Lab, University of Glasgow – Carinthia (Austria)

  • Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) ID, catching, sexing and phenotyping

  • Mate choice experiments setup and behavioural analysis

  • Tissue sampling, blood extraction, DNA purification and on-site real-time qPCR (Biomeme Platform and Developer Kit)

  • Identification of hybridisation sites

July 2018

Lab & Field technician at the Ornithology department, Royal Alberta Museum – Edmonton (Canada)

  • Bird skin preparation (taxidermy) and tissue sample collection

  • Remote cameras monitoring of Northern flicker nests and image reviewing

June - July 2018

Lab & Field technician for Dr. Heather Proctor’s Lab, University of Alberta – Edmonton (Canada) 

  • Bird banding with field microscope

  • Dissection microscope work on bird feathers and symbiotic mites

  • Acquisition and analysis of microscope pictures with software ImageJ

  • Gel electrophoresis on mite DNA

May 2018

Field & Lab technician for Dr. Evelyn Merrill’s Lab, University of Alberta – Ya Ha Tinda (Canada)

  • Telemetry on GPS and VHF collared elk

  • Fecal sample collection & analysis (FlukeFinder & Wisconsin centrifugation)

  • Endoparasitic microorganisms ID

  • Hiking and camping in remote locations

  • Pellet plot counts & ungulate and predator scat ID

  • Remote cameras setup and image reviewing

June 2017

Ecological volunteering with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)– Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland (UK)

  • Public engagement on ID & behaviour of local seabird species

  • Monitoring of seabirds

  • Tour guide

  • Assistance with telescopes and binoculars

June 2015

Park steward for Parks Canada – Banff and Jasper National Parks, AB (Canada)

  • Checked and reported condition of hiking trails

  • Public engagement in respect of the environment and wildlife safety obligations

  • Searched and collected bear scat for lab analysis

  • Surveyed rare species of bats

  • Checked and repaired wildlife fences

  • Pulled invasive weeds out of historical and natural sites

CONFERENCES & OUTREACH EVENTS

March 2020

Ecology in the Anthropocene, conference organised by the Nordic Society Oikos – Reykjavík, Iceland

October 2019

 Vísindavaka, the European Researchers’ Night  – Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Organisation of scientific communication activities for the public

  • Realisation and exhibition of an infographic poster about biopsy sampling in whales

  • Realisation and exhibition of an art piece portraying whale species for public engagement

March 2018

RE Peter Biology conference – University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

  • Presented personal research project “The influence of personality, food availability and population density on the reproductive success of female North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsconicus)”

March 2018

Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual conference – Lethbridge (AB), Canada

  • Attended

AWARDS

Summer 2019

University of Glasgow Undergraduate Summer Vacation Scholarship

  • Funding received for 2-month long research project ‘Hybridisation and mate choice in sympatric oviparous and viviparous common lizards (Zootoca vivipara)’ with Dr. Elmer’s Lab

  • Scholarship awarded based on academic excellence and strong motivational letter

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Summer 2019

• Environment protection & conservation

• Scientific communication

• Creative writing & journalism

• Graphic design, digital painting & animation

• Video making & editing

• Photography