Undergraduate Research Assistant at UBC (Forest and Conservation Science) in Vancouver, BC
This summer, I have had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for the Forest Insect Disturbance Ecology Lab at UBC. I have been assisting the grad students with their research primarily on the alder bark beetle, its fungal symbiont, and its effects on red alder stands in the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island. The field work I have been doing involves insect trap collections, external R-surveys, and finding newly attacked trees. I also have been gaining lab experience by doing DNA extractions and sample prep for qPCR assays for the fungus associated with the alder bark beetle.