science [&] storytelling
I am a landscape ecologist with a passion for data visualization, design, and storytelling.
Welcome to the portfolio of all the things I
sample, stat, plot, map, display, show, tell, & print.
I have always been fascinated by the world's landscape diversity. The many climates on Earth result in a mosaic of ecosystems that divide the continents with many natural boundaries. Within this boundaries, humans have mastered the alteration of natural landscapes to maximize the supply of ecosystem services. BIOMIA explores the overlap of natural and human boundaries.
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Ecosystems are not independent from each other, and water plays a major role in ecosystem connectivity and the transfer of mass and energy across landscapes. With over 100,000 km of rivers and around 250,000 lakes, the province of Ontario (Canada) is dominated by forested landscapes, hiding a complex aquatic network beneath the dense canopies of its many forests.
My research originally focused on connections between forests and lakes in northern landscapes. In these regions, climate change is altering carbon cycling resulting in changes in lake water colour (lake browning), with consequences for algal bloom formation and food quality.
Changes in how ecosystems function (or the way we manage them) have direct consequences for human populations. Understanding how we interact with nature is essential to ensure human wellbeing. My work brought me to Kibale National Park (Uganda) where adults and children from neightbouring communities taught us about human-nature interactions in the African rainforests.