Broadly my research interests are in the areas of ecological evolution and species conservation. Particularly, I enjoy thinking about the importance of genetic diversity in population persistence, and the adaptive potential of populations under environmental variability. My research involves working with native plants species that inhabit extreme environments and using a combination of field experiments, population genomic analyses, and stochastic modelling.
I am rostered in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO), and am co-advised by Dr. Nolan Kane (EBIO) and Dr. Daniel Doak (Environmental Studies). Being co-advised has the benefits of increased support, perspectives, resources, and networks. IQ Biology provided the opportunity for me to do research rotations in different departments which ultimately led to the opportunity of being co-advised.
April received a BS degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. She rotated with Dr. Nolan Kane (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Dr. Dan Doak (Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and Dr. Timothy Seastedt (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). April graduated in Spring 2021.
Patterns of soil bacterial richness and composition tied to plant richness, soil nitrogen, and soil acidity in alpine tundra. X Yuan, J Knelman, D Wang, A Goebl, E Gasarch & T R Seastedt. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 2017.
Contributing author on: IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment: Chapter 3: Direct and indirect drivers of land degradation and restoration. Currently in Second Order Draft status.
Awarded a two-year doctoral level Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).