Michelle Lynn D’Souza is a Molecular Biologist passionate about biodiversity conservation. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph spending a cumulative year deep in the cloud forests of northern Honduras studying the ebb and flow of mostly unknown insect communities using DNA-based technologies.
She has cultivated a global mindset, a strong understanding of culture, and a commitment to respectful exploration in part due to being raised in four countries across three continents but largely because of her research efforts in Latin America, the US, and New Zealand by the time she received her doctorate.
These experiences have allowed her to successfully navigate cultural differences, and work effectively in diverse research environments, while also building strong relationships with various stakeholders in unfamiliar settings. She has gone on to forge partnerships with several global networks, providing institutional support for research projects in Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, South Africa, and the UK through the International Barcode of Life Consortium.
Realizing society better understands science when scientists tell compelling stories, she was driven to share the beauty of nature in the places she visited and the passion of the people she worked with through film, photos, and her writing. Since 2019, she has been incorporating knowledge mobilization, digital communication, and marketing in her work, helping organizations with their scientific branding, website development, graphics design, and video production.