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 travelled the world and worked on projects helping some of the planet’s most endangered animals. I’ve been lucky enough to hand-raise echo parakeets and release them back into the wild, climb high into the Mauritian rainforest to monitor nestlings, radio-track California condors, study the world’s rarest hawk in the Caribbean, and research little-known species in Madagascar. I’ve 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 help connect young people to nature. I’m studying creative writing at the University of Guelph and am 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).
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.