I am an urban forest ecology, urban greening, and plant biology researcher, educator and consultant. My interdisciplinary research seeks to understand and explore the environmental services of urban trees for human well-being, including UV protection and mediation of ultraviolet exposure by urban trees. Over the years, my research focus has broadened to manage and find greening solutions to improve urban areas for people.
As a consultant, I have worked for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), where I assessed tree health and worked on earlier projects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management plans. I design urban forest conservation plans, conduct ecological monitoring studies, perform tree inventories and soil analysis, provide translation (English to French) services, and advise on outdoor space design. As an educator, I have given guest lectures, webinars, seminar talks, and workshops in higher education (e.g., University of Toronto, Ryerson University), TDSB schools and various organizations across North America. 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 serve as a Sessional Lecturer at the Graduate Department of Forestry, University of Toronto. In addition to my work experiences, I am an active member of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, Shade Policy Steering Committee, President of the Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC), and volunteer with various community groups. I enjoy public engagement, science communication, and hiking through the woods.