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RESUME (ENGLISH)

 

VISITING RESEARCHER

March - June 2022

Visiting researcher hosted by the Conservation Biogeography Lab at Humboldt University, Berlin.

GIS RESEARCH ASSISTANT
SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN HETEROGENEOUS LANDSCAPES – BUILDING A COMMON PLATFORM FOR UNDERSTANDING AND ACTION

July 2020 - December 2021

Project lead: Dr. Sandra Díaz

Supervised by: Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux

To access the baseline report on Harvard Dataverse, click here

To access the project StoryMap, click here.

MCGILL SUSTAINABILITY SYSTEMS INITIATIVE (MSSI)
LANDSCAPE SCHOLAR

September 2018 - July 2020

I was involved in the “Trade and Ecosystem Services” research project funded by the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI). The project was led by myself and a team of seven other graduate students and ran over the course of two years (2018-2020). We had as a directive to tackle high level sustainability challenges that fall under the general research theme “Sustainable Landscapes for the Future”. The team met weekly, participated in MSSI conferences, sustainability lectures, and mentorship activities. From the collaboration, we developed a research methodology to track the flow of embodied ecosystem services in the global trade of food commodities.

INVITED SPEAKER – SEMINAR SERIES

June 2019

Institute of Regional Ecology (IER) – Tucuman University
Presentation title: Fences, demarcations, and deforestation: Assessing changes in campesino resource access in the Tucuman-Santiago agricultural frontier 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTS SUMMER ACADEMY (GESA) 2018

July 2018 - August 2018

Organized by the Global Environments Network (GEN), in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Center for Conservation Science (ICCS) and the Environmental Change Institute (ECI)

Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.

  • Participation in academically rigorous sessions on current environmental and social issues

  • Intensive professional development in techniques for evaluation, analysis and communication of scientific findings 

  • Engagements with civil society, international conservation authorities, and corporate actors.

REGIONAL PROGRAMS COORDINATOR, CANADA OFFICE MANAGER
QUEBEC LABRADOR FOUNDATION

January 2018 - July 2018

RESEARCH AND FIELD ASSISTANT
NSERC LAKE PULSE NETWORK

May 2017 - August 2017

Supervised by Lake Pulse Network lead, Prof. Yannick Huot, University of Sherbrooke (CAD)
Funding: National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award

  • Research assistant responsibilities related to the field campaign preparation included coordinating access to over 200 lakes in Quebec and Ontario

  • Field assistant responsibilities involved sampling over 60 lakes in two-and-a-half months, preparing and shipping the samples, and actively coordinating the sampling schedule and lodging for the team.

  • Specialized training to deploy an RBRmaestro³ Multi-Channel Logger

  • Active involvement in the development of the sampling protocol, which has now been used successfully over three sampling campaigns. 

RESEARCH AND FIELD ASSISTANT 

METHANE (AND CO2) DYNAMICS IN NATURAL LAKES

May 2015 - August 2015

Supervised by Dr. Yves Prairie, UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

  • Fieldwork involving gas and water sample collection and sample processing on site

  • Laboratory work included sample processing (primarily isotopic analysis) 

RESEARCH AND FIELD ASSISTANT
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT ON THE ECOLOGICAL EVOLUTION OF THE EASTERN CHIPMUNK

May 2013 - July 2013

Supervised by Dr. Denis Réale, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)     

  • Extensive field work involving capture, sample collection, and behavioural monitoring of Eastern Chipmunks

  • Training in the use of telemetry equipment and installment of radio-tracking collars

CONFERENCES / CONFERENCIAS

2021

Alambrado: Midiendo las crecientes restricciones al acceso para pequeños productores en el Chaco argentino

Presentadora en el simposio: "Usos del Suelo en el Chaco: Estado del Arte y Perspectivas a Futuro,

desde una Mirada Socio-Ecosistémica"

Presenter in the session: "Land Uses in the Chaco: State of the Art and Future Prospects, from a Socio-Ecosystemic View"

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FUNDING AND AWARDS

Currently held

May 2022 - April 2025

VANIER CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - SSHRC

Offered to doctoral students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health.

$50,000 CAD/year

Vanier CGS Website

January - April 2022

GRADUATE MOBILITY AWARD

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University
Fundings awarded for a research stay with the Conservation Biogeography and the Earth Observation Labs at Humboldt University, Berlin.
$4300 CAD

November 2020

WOLFE FELLOWSHIPS IN SCIENCE AND TECH LITERACY

For advancing understanding of key scientific and technological concepts and examining the relationships among science, technology, and a broad range of social, ethical, political, and economic issues, practices and conditions.
$6000 CAD

January 2021 - January 2025

FONDS DE RECHERCHE DU QUÉBEC - NATURE ET TECHNOLOGIES (FRQNT)

Doctoral research grant (B2X) 
$21,000 CAD/year

January 2021

RATHLYN GIS AWARD

Rathlyn Foundation
$4,400 CAD

 

Previously awarded

July 2020 - August 2020

GRADUATE MOBILITY AWARD

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University
$2900
Assigned but not completed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

May 2020 - August 2020

FONDS DE RECHERCHE DU QUÉBEC - NATURE ET TECHNOLOGIES (FRQNT)

B1X Bourse de maîtrise en recherche - $21,000 CAD ($5,800 awarded in combination with SSHRC)

September 2018 - May 2020

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (SSHRC)

CGS M - $17500 CAD/year

2019

GREAT AWARD

Internal, Department of Geography
McGill University
$250 CAD

2019

RATHLYN FIELDWORK AWARD

Internal, Department of Geography
McGill University
$5,500 CAD

2019

THEO HILLS AWARD

Internal, Department of Geography
McGill University
$530 CAD

September 2018 - June 2020

LAND SYSTEMS SCHOLAR

McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI)
$10,000 CAD

May 2017 - August 2017

NATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (NSERC) UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

NSERC Lake Pulse Network
$4500 CAD

May 2017 - August 2017

FONDS DE RECHERCHE DU QUÉBEC - NATURE ET TECHNOLOGIES (FRQNT) USRA SUPPLEMENT

NSERC Lake Pulse Network
$2000 CAD

Exchange semester - 2016

DISTINCTION – UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Academic distinction - Biology

Exchange semester - 2016

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AWARD

McGill University

$1,500 CAD

2012 - 2014

HONOUR ROLL

Dawson College, Health Sciences

2012

THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S ACADEMIC BRONZE MEDAL

Highest cumulative average upon graduation from secondary education

2012

MCGILL UNIVERSITY SCIENCE ENTRANCE AWARD

Awarded to a promising student to encourage enrollment in higher education in the sciences
$300 CAD

2012

THE WILLIAM MURRAY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING

English Montreal School Board (EMSB)

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

CO-PRESIDENT
GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE SOCIETY (GGS)
MCGILL UNIVERSITY

May 2020 - May 2022

Mandate: To represent the interests of the members of the GGS , both at the department and faculty level. This includes, but is not limited to:
1.    Improving the financial situation of graduate students within the department
2.    Starting a conversation with the department about the courses offered for grad students, as well as the structure of the graduate program (including active involvement of the GGS in the “revamping” of GEOG631)
3.    Providing mental health support for graduate students. This involves advocating not only for increased graduate mental health support (for example, through the availability of graduate advisors and peer-support groups), but also for the conscientization of supervisors towards their responsibility in graduate student mental health. 
4.    Furthering a sense of community and peer solidarity within the department (by requesting funding from the department and from PGSS for graduate events and maintaining (and enhancing) forms of networking and liaison between students) 
5.    Working with the department and the Faculty of Science to implement measures to increase the sustainability of research practices. This could include mitigation measures by the department or the faculty for research-related travel (i.e. a departmental budget for the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel), advocating for PhD defense committees to be held online when possible (to avoid unnecessary travel), and supporting the divestment from fossil fuels.   
6.    Increasing the communication between the GGS and the department (through participation of the executive in departmental assemblies and meetings), and in turn communicating the information gained as transparently as possible to the GGS members at large.

CHAIR, MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE

September 2019 - September 2020

I coordinated workshops involving graduate students of the department of Geography at McGill University to discuss how to 1) make mental health resources more available to the graduate student body and 2) foster a supportive graduate culture within the department of Geography. From these workshops, the Mental Health Committee of the Geography Graduate Society was formed and institutionalized.
I acted as chair of the committee between 2019 and 2020.

VICE PRESIDENT OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS 
GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE SOCIETY (GGS)
MCGILL UNIVERSITY

September 2019  April 2020

As VP Social, I coordinated events for the graduate student body of the Geography department. Events include writing retreats, student-faculty mixers, a field work photography exhibit, weekly coffee hours, and holiday parties.

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS WORKSHOP SERIES

July 2019 - August 2019

I helped coordinate a workshop on environmental rights (with a focus on pesticide fumigation, water contamination, and illegal deforestation) that was given by the political ecology group of the University of Santiago del Estero (UNSE) and the ATAJO (Federal Access to Justice Directorate) program of Argentina. I acted as the liaison with communities in the Northern region of the province of Santiago del Estero, and was responsible for the creation and dissemination of the advertisement for the workshop.

LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
MCGILL SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (SSR)

September 2018 - January 2019

The SSR is a student-led conference that facilitates connections among students, faculty, and the wider community by providing a venue to engage in the discussion of sustainability research at McGill University. For the 2019 SSR, I was responsible for coordinating the conference logistics, which included: venue and catering booking, conference scheduling, and coordination of the poster session. The event was attended by 340 people.

SUSTAINABILITY REPRESENTATIVE
GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE SOCIETY
MCGILL UNIVERSITY

September 2018 - September 2019

I acted as an associate elected member of the GGS to promote sustainable practices within the Department of Geography and McGill.

UNDERGRADUATE SUSTAINABILITY REPRESENTATIVE 
MCGILL UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY GREEN COMMITTEE

September 2014 - August 2015

I acted as undergraduate representative on the Biology departmental green committee, which aims to promote sustainable practices in the  department at large.

VICE PRESIDENT OF SUSTAINABILITY

MBSU (MCGILL BIOLOGY STUDENT UNION)

September 2014 - August 2015

During my appointment as Vice President of Sustainability, I wrote and coordinated the implementation of a sustainability mandate into the McGill Biology Student Union's (MBSU) constitution. This project aimed at creating a long-lasting effect on the activities and functioning of the MBSU by providing a platform for sustainability that could be maintained and worked on irrespective of the short term rotation of its members.

PRESS SECRETARY AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR 
CAMPUS POTAGER

May 2015 - June 2016

Urban Gardening Initiative, Concordia Food Coalition (CFC) - Concordia University

GREEN EARTH CLUB PRESS SECRETARY

September 2012 - March 2014

Environmental student organization, Dawson College