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Curriculum Vitae

Education

2009- present PhD candidate
Leipzig School of Human Origins student at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Germany

Dissertation: “Investigating vocal communication of chimpanzees to develop a novel monitoring tool” Supervisors Prof Christophe Boesch and Dr. Hjalmar Kuehl
2007-2008 MSc.  Primate Conservation 
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK

Distinction for thesis titled “Feeding and nesting ecology of the western lowland gorilla in the Lac Télé Community Reserve, Republic of Congo”
2002-2006 BSc . Animal Biology

University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada

Work and Field Experience

2008 Lac Télé Community Reserve, Republic of Congo

Principal Investigator- Conducted field work for my MSc dissertation which included vegetation sampling, wild gorilla tracking, analyzing gorilla fecal samples, and recording direct and indirect feeding observations.
2006 Proyecto Carey, Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Field Research Assistant- Collected behavioural, demographic and botanical data for a project investigating the role of frugivores in rainforest regeneration.
2004-2007 Mountainview Conservation and Breeding Center, Fort Langley BC, Canada

Keeper’s Aid- Assisted keepers with cleaning, feeding and enrichment for a variety of species. Also helped with maintenance, administration, and funding at the facility.
2002 ECL Envirowest Consultants Ltd., Burnaby BC, Canada

Field Assistant- Assisted project biologist with field work to assess the environmental impact on natural ecosystems at proposed development sites in the lower mainland of BC.