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MY ACADEMIC CV

Education

PHD STUDENT - UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

2019-2023

I am a first year student with the fully funded E4 Doctoral Training Partnership. As a member of Dr. Isla Myers-Smith's research group Team Shrub, I am researching the relationships between tundra shrub dynamics and a range of abiotic conditions. My research will take me up to Qikiqtaruk - Herschel Island in the Canadian Arctic. Click here to read more about my ongoing projects!

MSC - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

2017-2019

As a member of Dr. Greg Henry's Tundra Ecology Lab, I conducted fieldwork at Alexandra Fiord (Ellesmere Island) and researched the impact of long term experimental warming on Arctic white heather by employing novel dendroecology methods, and found that amplified warming is immediately reflected in plant growth and reproduction, although the extent of this relationship is strongly regional. 

BSC - UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

2012-2016

I developed a taste for adventure and environmental science during my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography. I won the Edwards Prize for distinction in the pursuit of fieldwork and presentation for my thesis 'Exploring public perceptions toward geomorphological risk in Lyme Regis, Dorset'.

 

SKILLS

Achievements and Experience

DATA PROGRAMMING & IT

I am a keen data scientist, and fully intend to never stop learning. I'm a confident R user with proficiency in a range of statistical models including linear and non-linear mixed models, geographically weighted regression and Bayesian hierarchical models. I'm also proficient in using Matlab, ArcGIS, QGIS, and am an advocate for Github for version control.

COMMUNICATION

Science communication is a particular passion of mine. I have presented posters and talks at multiple international meetings, given talks on my research to public groups and dabbled in science journalism. I believe comedy is a great untapped resource in science communication, and have won three Science Slam competitions by incorporating stand-up comedy into my research communication.

FIELDWORK

During the summer of 2018, I assisted with long term ecological monitoring at the Alexandra Fiord ITEX site. I coordinated sampling of specimens for my MSc thesis at Alex Fiord and Sverdrup Pass, and delivered a protocol for other ITEX members to collect samples from other polar sites. 

TEACHING & MENTORING

During my postgraduate career, I have tutored three courses: 

  • UBC - First Year Seminar in Science

  • Edinburgh - GeoScience Outreach & Engagement

  • Edinburgh - Data Science in Ecology & Environmental Science

I was also a mentor and discussion leader for the Climate Communications pod at UBC Climate Hub.​ I am an tutor for Coding Club - an accessible and fun initiative aimed at teaching strong data science and coding skills.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2019

WILLIAM C. GIBSON CITATION

For outstanding contributions to the life of Green College over the 2018 academic year.

2017-2019

LEVERHULME STUDY ABROAD STUDENTSHIP

Fully funded MSc position from the Leverhulme Trust.

2017

R HOWARD WEBSTER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

 Green College, UBC

2016

EDWARDS PRIZE

For Distinction in the Pursuit of Fieldwork and Presentation

2014

MACIVER CLASS MEDAL

Sub-honours Geography, University of St Andrews

 

PUBLICATIONS

References and Links to Papers

September 28, 2020

WINTER IN A WARMING ARCTIC - ANNE D. BJORKMAN & ELISE C. GALLOIS

Winter conditions have typically been downplayed or oversimplified in past estimations of terrestrial Arctic vegetation shifts in relation to climate change. A study now demonstrates the importance of fine-scale variation in winter temperature in explaining the composition and diversity of Arctic plant communities.

Read our article here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0900-3