About me

For over twenty years I worked as an independent consultant, specializing in conservation biology and endangered species management.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo (1984), a Masters degree in environmental science from the University of Calgary (1990), and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Victoria (1998).

From 1987 through 2009 I was primarily focused on the conservation biology of Vancouver Island marmots (B.C.), and was instrumental in creating the highly successful recovery program for that species.  Other projects included work on:

    • red-shouldered hawks (Ontario)
    • burrowing owls (B.C. and Washington State)
    • hibernating bats (B.C.)
    • old-growth forest songbirds (B.C.)
    • aquatic plants (Quebec)
    • grizzly bears (B.C.)
    • rare butterflies (Ontario)
    • rare insectivorous plants (Nova Scotia)
    • spider monkeys (Costa Rica)
    • hoary marmots (Alaska)
    • endemic kingfishers (Atiu, south Pacific).

I live in Powell River, British Columbia, where I enjoy the quality of life that only comes from taking time to play with my cat, camera, computers and children of all ages.   I serve as a director of the Western Purple Martin Foundation (WPMF), and am also involved with the Malaspina Naturalist Club and the Mitlenatch Island Stewardship Team (MIST).

I also mow lawns, install washing machines, paint houses, design websites, repair computers, analyse data, and create electronic maps.

So…What do YOU need done that I can help with?