I finished my undergraduate in Honors Environmental Science at Western University in the Spring of 2015. During my final year, I completed an undergraduate thesis supervised by Dr. Zoë Lindo on the effects of different configurations of disturbance on soil mesofauna. During this thesis is when I found my passion for mites.For my MSc. I am working with Heather Proctor to study and catalogue the mesostigmatid mites that inhabit Alberta. More specifically, I will be using mesostigmatid mites as bioindicators and comparing oil sand developed sites with undisturbed boreal forest to determine the differences in mite communities.