My name is Sophie Krolikowski, and I am the acting Maple, Tree Nut, and Agroforestry Specialist for the next year while Jenny Liu is on leave.
I have some big shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge and really look forward to meeting some of you over the next 12 months!
My education and professional background focus on a mix of agriculture and environmental science. I have a BSc in Agriculture and Environmental Science from McGill University, where I specialized in environmental biology and plant biology and a Master’s of Environment and Sustainability from Western University.
I spent over 5 years at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where I co-lead projects in the realm of pesticide resistance and plant-insect interactions. More recently, I was OMAFRA’s Cereals Specialist where I collaborated with winter wheat producers and industry members to create a network for sharing information on improving yields through improved production practices.
On a more personal note, I love spending time outdoors on hikes and swimming in the river with my dogs and husband in our hometown of Paris, Ontario. As an avid backcountry camper, I am very passionate about preserving our natural ecosystems and forests.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you have a topic of interest that you would like to see on the blog.
I plan to continue with the great work that Jenny has done and communicate any upcoming educational activities, government funding opportunities, seasonal developments/emerging issues as well as the yearly Sap Flow Report.
Looking forward the year ahead!
Note from Jenny: I’m heading off for a year of maternity leave – terrifying! Thanks to everyone who has gotten in touch via the blog and for your enthusiasm in following along with updates during the maple season. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy year!