Julie joined the Geosciences Department in 1997. She has a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia and a Master's and PhD degrees in Geography from McGill University. She also spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Urban Studies She served as chair of the Geosciences Department at John Abbott from 2006 to 2013. She has also served on the College's Sexual Harassment Committee, the Social Science Program Committee and the Research and Development Committee. Her research and teaching interests are in urban, social and cultural geography.