|I am a PhD student in the Montgomerie Lab at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. We are part of the ecology, evolution and behaviour group. I also teach courses in biology and environmental science at Queen’s, and in my spare time I try to write. Check out my blog for more.|
I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Growing up, I was fascinated and completely baffled by the idea of evolution by natural selection. I remember reading about it for the first time in the basement of the local library and hardly believing that it could be true.
|Fascination with evolution eventually led to further study in biology. I decided that Queen’s University was the best place for this, because I love sailing, and Queen’s is located on the shores of Lake Ontario with some of the best wind conditions in the world. I competed for a number of years in the Olympic 470 and Laser Radial classes as a member of the Canadian National team.|
|My Olympic goals never did pan out, but happily I realized that coaching sailing is far more rewarding, and entertaining, than competing. I have coached the sailing teams at the Royal Hamilton and Kingston Yacht Clubs. During the colder months, I managed to stay on the water by training and competing with the Queen’s Sailing Team.|
|These days I don’t have as much time for messing about in boats as I would like. However, I’ve found that teaching undergraduate students about animal behaviour and the biology of sex brings many of the same joys that coaching once did. In the end, I love biology because it gives you a chance to take science outdoors, at least some of the time.
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