Michelle Lynn D’Souza

Biodiversity Scientist | Research Consultant | Digital Media Producer

Dr. Michelle D’Souza, PhD (she/her) is a molecular ecologist whose work focuses on biodiversity conservation, community engagement, and knowledge mobilization.

About her

Michelle is a passionate first-generation scientist whose research approach values accessibility, equity, community engagement, and creativity.

She has forged partnerships with several global networks, providing institutional support for projects in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, South Africa, the US, and the UK.

Valuing science literacy and the power of storytelling has led her to create a digital body of work that increases the accessibility of scientific research including videos, websites, and an online science magazine.

Upholding Soil Biodiversity

Michelle is currently a Research Consultant for McCain Foods Ltd. developing a scalable soil biodiversity assessment program that will inform their Regenerative Agricultural Framework.
Associated with the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, her research strives to acquire comprehensive baseline data on soil biodiversity and identify the agricultural practices fostering biological communities that enhance soil productively using the latest next-generation sequencing technologies.