I’ve devoted much of my life to helping people reconnect with the natural world. The details that drive ecosystems have always fascinated me and this fuelled my studies through three university degrees, culminating in a Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta (Canada). After all those years in school, one might say I’m a glutton for punishment, but I really just enjoy learning. I also love to share that knowledge with anyone and anything willing to listen.
After five years in Alberta, completing my doctorate, I was suffering from ‘lake deprivation’. Alberta may have some lovely vistas, but they don’t have many lakes to speak of. So, I came home to Manitoba, creating a position for myself as Naturalist/Program Director at a newly-renovated resort on my beloved Lake Winnipeg. There, I developed and delivered nature-based programming to groups ranging from children to business executives to biologists. I’m now jumping off the figurative cliff and building that experience into my own business: Second Nature, Adventures in Discovery. This new venture offers nature-based tourism and educational experiences for visitors to Manitoba’s Interlake region and beyond. Second Nature also offers private naturalist services for those wanting to discover the world around them, starting in their own backyard.