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 went on to graduate with an M.Sc. in animal behavior from Memorial University.

I met my partner at university and after graduation, we traveled the world and worked on projects helping some of the planet’s most endangered animals. I’ve climbed high into the Mauritian rainforest to monitor baby parrots, radio-tracked California condors, studied the world’s rarest hawk in the Caribbean and researched little-known species in Madagascar. I’ve published twenty scientific papers and given seminars on my research here in Canada and abroad.

Hand-raised echo parakeet of Mauritius
Hispaniolan lizard-cuckoo in the Dominican Republic
Narrow-striped mongoose or bokiboky of Madagascar

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 help connect young people to nature. I give classroom presentations about endangered species and the importance of biodiversity and I help supervise a Wildlife Club at a local K-8 school.

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’m an associate member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators  (SCBWI) and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), and currently taking creative writing at the University of Guelph.

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, and a rescued royal python.

Click here to read about one of my adventures in Madagascar.