Oct 2015 – Dec 2017 Freie Universität Berlin
Master of Science in Biology
with an emphasis on Biodiversity, Evolution, and Ecology
Final grade: 1.0 (“very good”; equivalent to 4.0 in the US GPA system)
Oct 2011 – Nov 2014 Freie Universität Berlin
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Final grade: 1.2 (“very good”; roughly equivalent to 3.8 in the US GPA system)
May 2005 – Dec 2008 University of British Columbia
Computer Science
Incomplete; Changed fields

  • German Government Book Prize (Winter 2007)
  • TREK Excellence Scholarship (Winter 2005)
  • Sept 2003 – Apr 2005 Dalhousie University
    Biology / Computer Science
    Incomplete; Changed universities

  • Dalhousie In Course Scholarship (2005)
  • Dalhousie Entrance Guaranteed Scholarship (2004)


    See Research



    Best Talk Award PhD meeting in animal evolutionary biology (Berlin – Dresden – Prague – Bayreuth)
    Svatý Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic
    2-4 March, 2018
    for a talk entitled “Termites vs. fungi: how the stage of infection determines the collective response”



    Mar 2016 – Mar 2017 Freie Universität Berlin
    Student Research Assistant
    in the Dau Research Group (Biophysics and Photosynthesis)

  • Prepared buffers, washed glassware
  • Cultured and isolated thylakoid membranes from cyanobacteria (primarily Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002)
  • Measured oxygen evolution of thylakoid membranes and Photosystem II core complexes using a Clark electrode
  • Validated knockout mutants with PCR
  • Worked closely with both physicists and biologists
  • Oct 2015 – Dec 2015 everjobs
    Quality Assurance Analyst

  • Provided manual quality assistance on desktop and mobile
  • Created and maintained Testlink test cases
  • Created and tested tickets in JIRA
  • Apr 2014 – Sept 2015 Rocket Internet SE
    Quality Assurance Analyst/Network Operations Centre Monitor

  • Provided manual quality assistance on desktop and mobile
  • Created and maintained Testlink test cases
  • Created and tested tickets in JIRA
  • Monitored web servers on multiple continents
  • June 2013 – Aug 2013 University of Münster
    Host-Parasite Evolution Symposium Co-Organiser

  • Created symposium booklet
  • Organised accommodation for attendees
  • Played the role of main contact person for attendees and speakers
  • Oct 2012 – June 2013 Freie Universität Berlin
    Student Research Assistant
    in the Hilker Research Group (Applied Zoology/Animal Ecology)

  • Dissected pine sawflies (primarily Diprion pini) to extract parts of the female reproductive tract
  • Assisted in the rearing of Manduca sexta larvae
  • Ran SDS-PAGE gels
  • Oct 2012 – Mar 2013 Freie Universität Berlin
    Student Mentor

  • Provided support for new Bachelor students
  • Oct 2012 – Feb 2013 Freie Universität Berlin
    Web Designer
    for the Rolff Research Group (Evolutionary Biology)

  • Created and maintained the lab website

    Volunteer Work

    Jan 2017 – present The Entomology Group

  • Involved in running a Facebook group of more than 100 000 entomology enthusiasts from around the world
  • Sept 2016 – present Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes (CNC)

  • Transcribed and databased specimen label information
  • Sept 2015 – Jan 2016 Tee vor dem LaGeSo/Moabit Hilft/Wärmebusse vor dem LaGeSo
    Refugee Helper

  • Distributed tea, blankets
  • Supervised a bus where asylum seekers could sleep
  • Assisted asylum seekers in finding emergency accommodation
  • Took part in German and English conversation events
  • Oct 2011 – present Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU)

  • Took part in habitat restoration/conservation work in and around Berlin, Germany (e.g. manual removal of plant matter from an inland dune to prevent natural succession and protect rare species)
  • Feb 2009 – Aug 2009 Stanley Park Ecology Society

  • Took part in habitat restoration/conservation work in Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada, with a focus on the manual removal of invasive plant species (e.g. holly, ivy, and Himalayan blackberry)

    Scientific Society Memberships

    Entomological Society of Ontario 2018 – present
    Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club 2018 – present
    Entomological Society of Canada 2017 – present



  • Macro photography
  • Insect keeping
  • Science communication
  • Hiking