Project Description

Conservation Research Biologist

Michelle has an academic background that combines ecology with social science and conservation. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where she studied conservation projects in coastal Kenya and forest understory plants and pollinators in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Her post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia focused on climate change and alpine ecosystems.  She enjoys teaching about the intricate connections between humans and the natural world and has taught in many different settings, including Trinity Western, Simon Fraser University, and UBC. Her role with A Rocha dates back to her experience as a volunteer/intern in 2005, back in the early days of ARC. In her current position, she conducts research on swallow foraging and nesting within the Little Campbell River Watershed. She is passionate about birds, plants, and all things natural history. She lives nearby with her husband and two young children, and loves seeing nature through their eyes.