About me

I am a postodoctoral researcher working with  Chris Darimont, in the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria, and John Ford, at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station.

With a background in mathematics and biology, I use mathematical and statistical models, combined with field data, to answer questions about ecology, conservation, and evolution.  My current work focuses on the population biology of social mammals (killer whales and meerkats) and salmon on the BC coast.  I collaborate with a number of researchers to investigate demography, evolution, spatial patterns, and behaviour in species ranging from copepods to bears.

Past work can be found on the publications page.


I recently completed postdoctoral positions with Mark Lewis, in the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Alberta, and Martin Krkošek, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2013, supervised by Tim Clutton-Brock, exploring temporal patterns of population density, group-level demography, and territoriality in meerkats.

Before my PhD, I completed degrees in mathematics (Major) and biology (Honours) at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) in 2008.  There, I worked with Brad Anholt, modelling the evolution of sex ratio and anti-predator defences.

Here is a copy of my CV.