What do you do when you unexpectedly have to change your route in the mountains? After you're done panicking, you pick yourself up and call on your mountaineering skills. Hopefully you have them. 😳
Coming from the vast wildernesses of Canada, Venice is both a miracle of human engineering and an alien place devoid of natural life. Musings from the eyes of this sassy scientist on vacation...
Of bed time stories and villains... and the ethics of killing them. When you pit one species against another for the sake of conservation, it becomes a fight to the death.
Why do we use the term "invasion" when referring to natural species range expansions? The language we use may bias our reactions to natural processes. Read more.
I love the mountains. And I have an exciting announcement... I'm starting a PhD!
One of the projected outcomes of climate change is an increased risk of wildfire. So then you’d think it should be important to promote programs that stop forest fires, like the well known Smokey the Bear. Smokey’s key message is “only you can prevent wildfires,” but there are two pieces of irony here; fire suppression... Continue Reading →
After 14 years of living on an island, I finally got to experience how isolating that can be. Not in the sense of being lonely—because I had my friends and colleagues from my lab with me—but in the sense of being stuck in space. Last weekend my lab went over to Galiano Island for a... Continue Reading →
When you think of a coyote, what do you think of? Coyote from the Bugs Bunny show? This majestic animal out in the wilds? A hurdle to dodge while you’re out on the road? A menace to your safety within your city? The thing is, coyotes are all of these things. At least, they’re perceived... Continue Reading →
Have you seen the news that bees were recently added to the list of endangered species? It’s circulating on social media in this terrifying form (oh no think of the honey), and though some bees are indeed in trouble, there are a lot of other pollinators that are in even more danger—from bumblebees to butterflies to wasps.... Continue Reading →
Last week I spent a glorious week in Thunder Bay visiting my friend April. Yes, you read that right, I went to Thunder Bay. Yes, other people go south in the winter, whereas I, weirdo that I am, decided to head into Northern Ontario. Good thing I’m not scared of a little bit of snow... Continue Reading →