I am an earth scientist with a broad training and even broader research interests. I hold a PhD in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie and my area of expertise was paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. For my dissertation, I used dinoflagellate cysts to address paleoceanographic questions in the North Altantic and I used pollen to track changes in the vegetation of Eastern Canada. I still have ongoing projects in paleoceanography, examining the causes and the impacts of the Younger Dryas and other abrupt climatic events of the last deglaciation.
During grad school, I specialized in palynology because it is a very versatile tool with applications in many fields. During a postdoctoral fellowship, I monitored pollen concentrations in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I implemented a monitoring program in Sherbrooke, Qc. I now studying the impact of airborne pollen concentrations on people`s health in Sherbrooke Qc and the long distance transport of pollen.