I am a conservation biologist turned environmental consultant and aspiring writer.
I have always loved animals and my parents were pretty sure I was going to become a veterinarian. But in my first year of university I discovered the work and writings of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey and I was hooked. From that point on, I wanted to travel the world to help rare animals. I graduated with a B.Sc. Honors in Biology from Acadia University and then an M.Sc. in Biopsychology (animal behavior) from Memorial University.
I met my partner at Acadia and after graduation we began our adventure as conservation biologists. For 18 years, we traveled the world together and worked on projects here in Canada and overseas helping some of the planet’s most endangered animals.
I have been lucky enough to climb into the canopy of rainforests in Mauritius to monitor chicks high-up in their nests, hand-raise echo parakeets and release them back into the wild, radio-track California condors in the southern US, study the world’s rarest hawk and other endemic species in the Caribbean, and research some of the unique lesser-known wildlife of Madagascar like the narrow-striped mongoose and the Madagascar teal.
When my two boys were very young we picked up everything and moved as a family back to Madagascar and lived there for seven years. It was an experience unlike anything else.
I have published twenty scientific papers and given seminars on my research here in Canada and abroad. My partner Lance is Executive Director of Wildlife Preservation Canada, a not-for-profit that helps some of the most threatened Canadian species.
Today, I am not so much trekking through tropical forests as I am writing at my computer or getting outdoors with Lance and our boys watching wildlife. I am a part-time environmental consultant, but my favorite things now are talking with young people about animals and nature and writing stories inspired by my work and travels. I help organize a weekly Wildlife Club at a K-8 school and I give classroom presentations about conservation and the importance and magic of biodiversity.
Lance and I live in Guelph, Ontario with our two teenage boys, a Newfoundland dog, an adopted royal python, a milksnake, and a tiny dragon.
Click here to read about one of my adventures in Madagascar.