My background and formal training is as a researcher in the field of plant molecular biology and genetics. I am currently a Research Associate in George Haughn’s lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where I am working on Arabidopsis seed coat developmental genetics. Recently I was a Sessional Instructor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, teaching 2nd year genetics, and a freelance editor with Cactus Communications. Previously I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Calgary where I investigated nitrogen use efficiency in rice, and as a Research Associate at the UBC investigating the links between seed coat mucilage production and seed oil accumulation to improve oil production in Brassica species. I also spent 4 years in Indonesia where I worked as an independent consultant providing scientific writing, editing, and teaching services, while continuing to be involved in scientific research in the fields of DNA barcoding and biogeography.

I am or have been involved in research projects involving collaborators in Canada, the USA, France, Australia and Indonesia and am experienced in managing a team of multi-disciplinary research scientists from multiple countries in order to address complex research questions. As well as scientific knowledge and the ability to conduct research, this experience has also allowed me to develop the following skills:

• Scientific background, with broad knowledge of plant biology;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills in teaching and mentoring;
• Budgeting, scheduling and time management; and
• Strategic thinker.