Hanna Jackson, BSc Ecology

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About Me

I am a biologist who has worked on a wide variety of research topics and study organisms with a strong aptitude for data and problem solving.  From the fields of animal behaviour to landscape ecology to aquatic ecology to environmental toxicology, I've worked with projects from them all!  This research experience has lent me the opportunity to coauthor four scientific papers, one of which is published and three of which are in progress. (Stay tuned!).  I have a great interest in the intricacies of the natural world and aim to pursue this interest not only as a field of work, but also as a life-long journey.

Quick Start Guide

> Statistical Analysis and Programming

Adept at R data compilation, analysis, and data modelling; beginner python; version control with GitHub

> Scientific Reporting

Well-versed in technical writing and scientific literature review; coauthor of four papers, one accepted for publication and three in progress

> Field Work

Confident working outdoors and familiar with the collection of many kinds of field data both marine and terrestrial; species identification of rodents, bumble bee, birds, algae, and fungi

> Data Collection

Skilled at field and laboratory data collection from many research areas including specific experience in both terrestrial systems, such as forests, grasslands, and urban areas, and aquatic systems, such as oceans, lakes, and rivers 

> Ecological Knowledge

Well-rounded understanding of terrestrial and aquatic systems and their ecology, dynamics, genetics, and evolution

> Leadership and Management

Experience in leading and teaching of field & lab junior scientists

> Lab Skills

Proficient in behavioural tests, toxicity testing, animal care, handling of hazardous chemicals, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bioassay procedure, and microscopy


Dr. Leithen M’Gonigle Lab, SFU

   Research Assistant & Data Analyst

   May 2020 - Present


  • Undergraduate Thesis: Analysis of continent-wide bumble bee presence/absence data with occupancy modelling

  • Inferring bumble bee’s preferred habitat characteristics with occupancy modelling


  • Managed, reshaped, and analysed bumble bee habitat data in R

  • Ran occupancy models and interpreted output biologically

  • Scientific reporting


Dr. Gerhard Gries Lab, SFU     

  Field and Lab Research Assistant

  December 2017 – April 2020


  • Field and lab testing of inter- and intra-species interactions of pheromone component blends of house mice, deer mice, and Norway rats

  • Bumble bee nest box improvement with scent attractants

  • Laboratory behavioural bioassays of mice and cats’ response to pheromone blends

  • Field and laboratory testing of the European fire ant trail pheromone


  • Extensive work in field and lab behavioural experiments on rodents and insects

  • Genetic analysis via PCR and gel electrophoresis

  • Lead field work and managed volunteers for a wide variety of research projects

  • Reporting scientific data and reviewing relevant scientific literature

  • Identifying rodents and bumble bees to the species level

  • Handling and disposal of biohazardous organisms


  • Coauthour on publication currently in peer review based on rodent pheromone research conducted

  • Conference poster presentation award

  • Presented research for industrial sponsors of the lab


Dr. Wendy Palen Lab, SFU  

   Research Volunteer

   July 2018 – March 2020

   Project: Salamander husbandry for thermal performance laboratory trials

  • Regular feeding and metamorphosis checks on lab population of salamanders

Dr. Sheryl Bisgrove Lab, SFU   

   Research Volunteer

   September 2018 – March 2020

   Project: Testing for reproductive effects of diluted bitumen on giant kelp


  • Field collection of kelp specimen

  • Lab extraction of zoospores; analysis of zoospore reproductive health by microscopy

Dr. Chris Kennedy Lab, SFU

   Research Volunteer

   September 2018 – December 2018

   Project: Testing the toxicity of diluted bitumen on the reproduction of phytoplankton


  • Sampling of phytoplankton from tanks containing toxic diluted bitumen

  • Filtering, separating and quantifying the developmental health of phytoplankton

Dr. Tony Williams Lab, SFU

Research Volunteer

January 2018 – May 2018

   Project: Testing for parental coordination of European Starling provisioning trips


  • Amalgamation and analysis of data regarding parental provisioning trips using R

  • Visually presenting the results of research


Vancouver Avian Research Centre 

Bird Banding Trainee

May 2019 – Present

  • Handling of on captured birds and measuring health/developmental traits

  • Bird idenification


Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Animal Care Volunteer

May 2019 – September 2019


  • Routine animal care on colonies of rats and mice including feedings and health checks


  • Poster presentation award at Eco-Evo Conference

  • Presented research findings to corporate sponsors of the Gries Lab


  • BSc. Biological Sciences (Honours): Ecology, Evolution and Conservation   September 2016 - December 2020

Awards & Certifications

  • Dean’s Honour Roll – Fall 2018, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award - Summer 2020

  • Animal User Training Course – Animal Care Services, SFU

  • General Laboratory Safety Training - SFU

  • BC Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship - 2016

  • Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship - 2016

  • Possession and Acquisition Licence (BC)

  • BC Driver’s Licence, Class 5