About me

For twenty-five 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 (Marmota vancouverensis), 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’m webmaster for the Malaspina Naturalists Club and strive to take a week off each year on  Mitlenatch Island.

To pay the bills 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?