Media & Outreach

June 2021:

Animal Ecology In Focus – Blog post about my most recent research paper on population differences in songbird preen gland microbiota.

CBC London – Myself and Ryan Leys have been systematically cleaning up balloons on the Long Point peninsula (Lake Erie shoreline). Click the link to read more about the environmental hazards posed by balloon releases.

March 2021:

Hamilton Naturalist’s Club Bird Study Group lecture series (March 15 2021) – Can birds smell?

Picoides – Bulletin of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

February 2021:

McMaster University – On the importance of science communication

Appetizers for the Mind – Just follow your nose! How birds use smell to choose “the one”

January 2021:

The Conversation – Birds sniff out potential mates who are genetically different

November 2020:

Ontario Field Ornithologists Certificate of Appreciation for Bank Swallow advocacy.

July 2020:

London Free Press – City of London Advisory Committees suspended indefinitely during COVID-19 crisis.

The Cardinal – Nature London feature on Bank Swallows at risk in London Ontario

London Environmental Network – Blog feature on Bank Swallows at risk in London Ontario

June 2020:

I have been engaged with Brendon Samuels (PhD candidate, Western University) in the creation of a grassroots campaign to conserve a threatened breeding colony of roughly 2000 bank swallows in London Ontario. You can read about our efforts to protect this Threatened species here, here, here, here, and via our Facebook page. You can also read & sign our petition.

May 2020:

I was invited to give an Introduction to Birdwatching and Inclusivity in Birding talk to the Manitoba chapter of The Wildlife Society.

August 2019:

Queens University Biological Station Public Seminar – Avian chemosignals

July 2019:

Let’s Talk Science – STEM In Context: Canadian Invaders

April 2019:

Let’s Talk Science – CurioCity National Volunteer Award nominee

August 2018:

CBC London – The chemical romance of songbird oils

Western News – Smell’s role in bird mating

May 2018:

As the 2017 recipient of the NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, I have been honoured with a lot of media attention lately!

NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize – Researcher profile

Western News – NSERC taps two for elite national honours


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Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Duncan meets with NSERC Award Recipients in Centre Block. May 1, 2018. /// Le premier ministre Trudeau et la ministre Duncan rencontrent des boursiers du CRSNG dans l’édifice du Centre. 1er mai 2018.

NSERC Awards 2018 / Les prix du CRSNG 2018

The Honourable Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P.

Speaker of the House of Commons

and the

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

 cordially invite you

to a reception to recognize

“Canada’s Brain Trust: Celebrating Excellence in Research”

June 2017:

Western News – Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Global News – Western researchers get 20M boost from the federal government

January 2015:

I interviewed with Dr. Hanna Rowland (University of Cambridge) for The Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Podcast (The Bleepcast) to discuss my MSc research on acoustic communication in smooth-billed anis