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Hi! I’m a writer and photographer, an outdoor adventurer, a some-time expedition leader, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. And a PhD scientist, too. Although I no longer work as a geologist, my sciences background is a huge part of who I am and of nearly everything I do.


You can sign up for occasional updates about my projects and speaking events on my contacts page (don’t worry, I will never share your info or spam you!) Here are a few of the projects I am currently working on:

Maple Leaf Adventures Salish Sea Expedition, April 2020: I will be the on-board naturalist guide for this adventure, on the waters off the south and east shores of Vancouver Island. This will be a great adventure: we will be looking out for orcas and other marine mammals when on the water, but we will also have lots of time for visits to the southern Gulf Islands, to learn about the wildlife and natural history as well as about Coast Salish people and their history. This itinerary is run in conjunction with the RCGS and Canadian Geographic. Trip details here.

The Secret Coast Expedition project: The Secret Coast Expedition itself may be over… but I still have lots going on (not to mention a book to write!). The expedition, co-sponsored by the RCGS and the Spanish Embassy in Canada, was a one-month wilderness journey down the wild and mostly unpopulated west coast of Vancouver Island. It was not only an exploration of this remote, surf-swept coast, but also of a nearly forgotten period of our history: LDSC_9675the earliest contacts between the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth people and the earliest explorers to arrive here – the first of whom were the Spanish. My first round of presentations about this project in November were to packed houses! I expect to do another tour in April, and will post dates and venues here once confirmed. In the meantime – I am still sorting through my photos, continuing my interviews with indigenous oral historians, and immersing myself in lots of old writings. More info here:

Snowbirds: This is a totally fun and rewarding project! Anna’s hummingbirds used to live only in the southwest US and northern Mexico. But they have been expanding their range northward, and made it to my house here on central Vancouver Island six years ago! I’m working on a book and a video, documenting the story of their arrival – and how they cope with our Canadian winters. This 3 minute video explains it better than written words – or head over to to follow my progress: