Teaching & Research Interests
My journey to Sheridan College has followed some interesting twists and turns. I knew, as a high-school student, I was going to be a marine biologist. I took up SCUBA diving, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph. After several years of working as a contract biologist on birds and wildlife, I became a fisheries biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Sadly, a change in government resulted in massive downsizing of the MNR. One of my lovely parting gifts was tuition to re-train. I returned to Guelph and discovered the joy of research, earning an MSc and PhD studying muscle mechanics and the physiology of exercise. Although I enjoyed research, I have found greater satisfaction sharing my passion for biology with students. I taught in the Environmental sustainability program at Lakehead University for five years. I feel very fortunate to have found a home in the Pre-Health Sciences program at Sheridan, where I can share the breadth of my experience and education.
I have a lifelong love of learning, and am always pursuing new interests and skills. I’m currently learning how to use AutoCAD to aid in my hobbies of model aircraft and model trains. I love building things, whether a sauna, a self-watering planter, a scale model or just some doo-dad. In my spare time, I also enjoy travelling, SCUBA diving, camping, canoeing and fishing.
- Biology, physiology, physics, environmental science and sustainability, nutrition and wellbeing.
- Science communication, science literacy, science skepticism, sustainability.