I am a PhD student in Geography at the University of British Columbia. After graduating with a biology degree, I worked in data science for two and a half years forecasting health outcomes at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Now, I study interactions between knowledge, power, and bodily diversity – specifically in the context of responses to emerging infectious diseases.
For my MA work, I blended my undergraduate training in biology and love for the critical humanities by using the Giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium to investigate the role of captive care in conservation. Engaging with feminist scholarship and conservation science studies, this work outlines how captive care as a conservation strategy operates in tension with ecological violence it simultaneously opposes and relies upon.