Grace has a Master of Science in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science both completed at the University of Guelph. Grace has a diverse background comprising of academic research, restoration ecology, and land planning and management.
Grace has assisted with academic biological research affiliated with several universities with projects focused on Species at Risk monitoring and recovery (insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians), animal migration tracking (insects, birds, mammals), and insect behaviour. Through these projects Grace has contributed to all stages of research from planning, applying methods, analyzing results, and collaborating on several published peer-reviewed papers.
Grace has used many methodologies for implementing monitoring and collecting data including radio telemetry, mark recapture (PIT tags), mist netting, bird banding, trapping (pitfall, box and cage traps), breeding bird and amphibian surveys, and vegetation surveys (ELC). Grace also has extensive experience collecting and sampling insects using such methods as pan traps, malaise traps, pheromone traps, hand netting, light traps, and sampling vegetation.
Grace has experience with restoration ecology applying techniques to restore former agricultural fields to tall grass prairies and successional meadows. She has facilitated the creation of inland wetlands and assisted with the development of visitor facilities to appreciate restored landscapes. Grace has extensive knowledge and experience managing and controlling invasive species on both restored and non-restored landscapes. She has also been instrumental in developing and implementing long-term property management plans.