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 Dr. Jane Goodall and I was hooked. 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 university and after graduation we traveled the world together and worked on projects here in Canada and overseas for 18 years, 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, study the world’s rarest hawk and other species in the Caribbean, and research some of the lesser-known wildlife of Madagascar like the narrow-striped mongoose. I have published twenty scientific papers and given seminars on my research here in Canada and abroad.
When my two kids were very young we moved to Madagascar and lived there for seven years. It was an experience unlike anything else.
Since returning to Canada in 2016, I’ve focused on storytelling as a way to connect kids to nature. Most days, I can be found at my computer writing conservation adventure stories and eco-nonfiction for tweens and teens, hiking with my family, or reading kidlit. I help organize a weekly Wildlife Club at a local school and I give classroom presentations about conservation and the importance of biodiversity.
I live in Guelph, Ontario with my partner Lance, who is Executive Director of the not-for-profit Wildlife Preservation Canada, 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.