I am a gay Research Scientist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization).//
I am a Canadian geologist based in Perth, Western Australia where I work in the Discovery Program of CSIRO Mineral Resources. In this role I work at the interface of research and the minerals industry and am involved in new technology development, industry facing projects across multiple commodities, and teaching and outreach.
My story in STEMM is a bit of meandering one which as seen me working in academia, government research, and the mining industry. I hold a BSc. Honours in Biochemistry (University of Winnipeg) and a PhD in Geology and Planetary Science (University of Western Ontario). The common thread throughout my story in STEMM has been curiosity and applying geochemistry and hyperspectral mineralogy to scientific questions ranging from the origin of martian meteorites to ore deposit formation.
I enjoy science communication and am passionate in my belief that diversity is the key to successful, creative, and innovative scientific research and informed policy. An integral part of securing that for the future is broad representation and visibility of untapped populations including but not limited to women and LGBTIQA+ individuals within the scientific community. I am presently active in the Pride@CSIRO Network, CMR Diversity and Inclusion Committee, am on the national committee for QueersInScience, and the ECMR member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Earth Sciences.