Wildlife Ecologist, Ornithologist, and

Climate Change Scientist

About me


A journey through my life.

(photo Gabe Foley)

2021 BOTY!

BirdLife South Africa's Bird of the Year 2021 is the Cape Rockjumper! See how I'm involved


Past and present research.

scientific communication

Links to me publications, both scientific and fun.


Stories from my research as well as just random from around the house.


me in a nutshell

"Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell?"

Even before watching my first episode of Star Trek, I grew up wanting adventure and political intrigue. I soon realized I wanted to be a gold-shirt wearing member of Star Fleet, or whichever intergalactic peacekeeping operation happened to be de rigour in the 21st century (still waiting...). To this end, I initially procured a BA in Chinese history, assuming our future would be one of Firefly realty, with Chinese economic control.  However, after extensive traveling & procrastinating I soon realised that despite my love of travel and politics I was more suited to the Star Fleet blue shirt of science, and so returned to university, this time acquiring a BSc Honours from Dalhousie University. Biology would still enable the travel, but with a focus on collecting data instead of discerning treasonous plots.  

After a BSc from Dalhousie, I took on an internship at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center while looking into (post-)graduate opportunities abroad. This brought me to South Africa, where I spent the next 5 years working on Cape Rockjumpers, and gaining my MSc, PhD, and what I assume will be a constant yearning to return to the birthplace of humankind. 

Currently, I am back in Canada (in Lake of Bays, Ontario) working on publishing results of my PhD (and a bit of MSc), and looking for exciting post-doctoral opportunities to come. 

In my free time I love travel, photography, and travel photography (see my instagram), my cat (Lieutenant Nyota Uhura), occassionally my other cat (Hyperion), good food, camping, and knitting sweaters.


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