I am an urban forest and plant photobiology researcher, educator and consultant. As an interdisciplinary researcher, my dissertation evaluates environmental services of urban trees with respect to human well-being. My focus lies on UV protection and mediation of ultraviolet exposure and skin cancer risks by trees in urban environments, at the Thomas & Smith Lab, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.
Over the past several years, I have worked as an urban forest consultant for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), where I assessed tree health, and worked on earlier projects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management plans. As an educator, I have given various guest lectures and workshops at the University of Toronto, TDSB schools and various organizations including Nature Academy and Canadian Institute of Forestry. I hold an Honours Bachelor of Science specializing in Integrative Biology and French major from the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC), and a Master of Forest Conservation (MFC) from the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.
Currently, I am PhD candidate aiming to finish my doctoral thesis and I also serve as a course instructor for the undergraduate course (FOR200- Conservation of Canada's Forests) at the University of Toronto. In addition to my work experiences, I am also an active member of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, Shade Policy Steering Committee and various community groups.