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.
Raised in four countries across three continents, she has cultivated a global mindset and a commitment to respectful exploration. She successfully navigates cultural differences and works effectively in diverse research environments, building strong relationships with various stakeholders in unfamiliar settings. Working alongside the International Barcode of Life Consortium, she has forged partnerships with several global networks, providing institutional support for research projects in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, Lebanon, South Africa, the US, and the UK.
Realizing society better understands science when scientists tell compelling stories, she has been driven to share nature’s beauty in the places she has visited and the passion of the people she has worked with through film, photography, 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, graphic design, and video production.