I (sher/her) am a PhD student at the University of Alberta supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt. I completed a BSc in Environmental Science at McGill University, where I studied nutrient cycling in the Mer Bleue Bog fertilization plots under the supervision of Dr. Tim Moore. Currently, I am focused on methylmercury and carbon cycling in lakes, streams, and thawing peatlands. My work spans the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta, and I have partnered with the Dehcho AAROM program to monitor streams near Wrigley, Fort McPherson, Jean Marie River, Kakisa, and Sambaa K’e. Outside of research, I am a council member of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists and president of the Circumpolar Students’ Association at the University of Alberta. You can explore my research at https://sites.google.com/view/lauren-thompson, as well as my Open Grant project that archives examples of graduate funding applications.