I study fish. People always raise their eyebrows when I say that, but it's true. I am especially interested in understanding how anthropogenic stressors affect aquatic habitats and community assemblages, and conducting research that informs management decisions.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre of Expertise for Aquatic Risk Assessment at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am trying to understand why fish are where they are... with the eventual goal of identifying which fish are most likely to colonize the Great Lakes in the future and how climate change affects that probability. I hope to begin another project that evaluates the threat of aquatic species colonizing in the Arctic.
Aside from the academic universe, I am passionate about community service and communicating science. I frequently volunteer with local community groups and have enjoyed creating a number of very successful science outreach initiatives. Recently I was recognized with the University of Toronto at Mississauga's highest awards for leadership and for community service.
OK, enough with past achievements, I'm looking for future challenges and collaborations to expand my professional experience. If you want to collaborate on an idea or you are part of a company that encourages creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation -- send me an email (Rinstructor@gmail.com).