I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2012 with my Bachelor of Science degree and am now a PhD student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. While at SLU I had the immense pleasure of working with Dr. Erika Barthelmess and Mary Hussmann to combine my two loves- ecology and creative writing. I spent much of my time at St. Lawrence studying and writing about the elusive North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) and am now turning my sights to…somewhat smaller prey, the red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)! Under the guidance of Dr. Andrew McAdam at the University of Guelph I am setting out to explore the dynamics of squirrel social neighborhoods in the Yukon. I am very interested in animal behaviour and the current focus of my PhD is looking at whether red squirrels change their behaviour in response to different neighboring squirrels. I hope to examine whether this ‘behavioural flexibility’ has any effect on red squirrel survival and reproduction. In my free time you can almost always find me outdoors or with a good book in hand. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and romping in the woods with my Golden Retriever.