My research centres on plant biodiversity, Indigenous environmental management and food systems (or more accurately, Indigenous relationships with the land), and the monitoring of ecosystem health and function.
Current research and teaching interests include:
- co-producing research with Indigenous communities
- decolonizing science and education
- Indigenous data sovereignty
- SING (Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics) Canada
- research-creation and art in learning
- leaf spectroscopy and functional traits
- leaf microbial ecology and function
- remote sensing of biodiversity and ecosystem function
- plant systematics and evolution
- plant taxonomy and field botany
I am Métis and Cree from the communities of Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray in what is now northeastern Alberta. I am also proudly gay, queer, and two-spirit. My approach to research and teaching blends science, art, Indigenous perspectives (specifically Métis and Cree if my own), and the decolonial return of land and lifeways. I also conduct research on plant systematics and the evolution and taxonomy of morphologically diverse tropical plant families (Euphorbiaceae, Leguminosae).