Amy is a M.Sc. student in the Geomicrobiology Group. She received her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Calgary, followed by a Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) at the University of Calgary Foothills Hospital campus. She became interested in petroleum microbiology during her MBT research project on microbial influenced corrosion. As climate change brings increasing activity to the Arctic there is growing concern about the potential for accidental oil spills. Amy’s M.Sc. research focuses on the potential for hydrocarbon biodegradation by marine microbial communities in the Canadian Arctic. In the summer of 2014 her work included sampling marine sediments at up to 80° North aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen.