I hold a Ph.D. from the Programme of Comparative Literature at the University of British Columbia. Also funded by the SSHRC, my thesis, “To make the stubborn Clod relent: Climate, Culture, and Cultivation in Early Modern England,” investigates cultural interpretations of climate and nature in seventeenth-century England. I also hold B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the University of British Columbia, a Post-Baccalaureate in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from Stanford University, during which time I focused on material culture and early modern cabinets of curiosity. I have worked with collections at various galleries and museums including the Medical Division of Stanford Special Collections, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Diane Farris Art Gallery in Vancouver, and the Museum of Vancouver.
In 2009, I worked with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. I designed and wrote their tetrapod (that means four-legged creatures) and fish exhibits -- over 200 displays, an amazing experience!