After completing my BSc in Mathematics here at Wilfrid Laurier University, I moved to Western University for my MSc and PhD in Statistics. In these studies, I primarily focused on spatial point process modelling with applications to locations of forest fires as well as shot locations in professional hockey games.
My postdoctoral research was also at Western, but in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. I started soon after the global pandemic, and thus my research pivoted to COVID-19 research. I developed models for detecting new genetic variants using genetic sequence data sampled from wastewater. At this position, I also lead a boot camp on machine learning methods, which allowed me to further my expertise in data science.
In my current position, I am building on these models for sequence data from wastewater by extending them through time and space. By leveraging the information from many, many samples, I am also able to estimate what mutations are present in each variant without needing to know about the variants!
I have research opportunities for undergraduate (including MA489 thesis students) and master's students with interest in modelling the pandemic, modelling ecological processes (including wildland fires), evaluating properties of mathematical models, and sports analytics. I currently have funding for graduate students.