My name is Julia and I’m the newest member of the Carolinian Canada team. I’ll be working on a few different projects throughout my internship, including data analysis and developing some interactive community modules to help people better connect to their gardens.
A little bit about me - I am a graduate of the Honours Biology program (HBSc) at York University where I am currently completing my Master’s of Science (MSc) in the Department of Biology, supervised by Dr. Dawn Bazely. During my time as an undergrad, I completed 4 terms of student research, defended an undergraduate thesis, and taught science outreach camps for grades 3-12. Outside of my work, I enjoy reading, writing, escape rooms, video games, and anything Star Wars related!
Currently, I am a student trainee under the industrial stream NSERC CREATE program, titled TABES – Training in Applied Biotechnology for Environmental Sustainability. This program provides students with interdisciplinary training for a career in the bioindustry sector. My research explores environmental finance tools, the social enterprise, and the value of biodiversity, through studying the Conservation Impact Bond (CIB).
Most recently, my poster titled “The Emerging Biodiversity Market” was accepted by the United Nations to be displayed at IPBES 10 Stakeholder Day in Bonn, Germany.
You can view my poster here (https://www.ipbes.net/ipbes-10/stakeholderday/e-poster) to learn more about ecosystem services, the Conservation Impact Bond, and its connection to Carolinian Canada.
I am looking forward to all the new experiences and learning opportunities this internship will provide me with, and I’m excited to learn more about all your gardens so we can continue to grow healthy habitats together.