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BSc (UWO), HBSc (UWO),
PhD (Laval)

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Education
University of Ottawa

Science Education and
Science Communication
(Ecology, Evolution and
Environmental Science)

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Professeur adjoint

Département de biologie
Faculté des sciences
Faculté de l’Éducation
Université d’Ottawa

Pédagogie scientifique et communication scientifique
(Écologie, Évolution et Sciences


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My TEDx talk Featured on Netflix show Chelsea Does

My TEDx talk on Ayahuasca from a few years ago has taken on a life of its own among the various alleys, nooks and crannies of the internet.  This week, it went a bit more mainstream when it was featured on an episode of the new Netflix television series Chelsea Does.  In this episode she […]

New Custom Textbook for The Human Animal

I have just received the very first copies of a new textbook that I have compiled for The Human Animal (BIO1300) in collaboration with Pearson Canada.  The topics include: The modes and mechanisms of evolution Human evolution and the hominid lineage Climate change Skin structure and function The evolution of hairlessness and skin colour UV […]

Interview with Radio-Canada on blackflies (in French)

This week I spoke with Radio-Canada show Les Samedis du Monde on the topic of those pesky blackflies that plague us and prevent us from enjoying the outdoors around this time of year. If you want to listen to it, you can skip to 8:12 (after the music) and listen to the segment called Pourquoi […]

New video: a history of the evolution of biodiversity

  Over the past year, I have worked on writing, producing and hosting a video production on the timescale of the evolution of biodiversity on earth and the relatively recent appearance of humans on the scene, in collaboration with Dr. Ian Clark and Maverix Productions. This video is meant to act both as a standalone informal […]

Featured in an article in The Globe and Mail

I was interviewed by The Globe and Mail on the topic of those pesky Black Flies and asked to justify their existence, despite their bane on human well-being.  I hope that I succeeded in rising to the defence of these pesky little creatures. You can read the article here and please let me know what you […]

New Segment from Episode of Love Nature Available

Another segment from the upcoming television series ‘Love Nature’ about animal behaviour is available for viewing.  In this portion, we are discussing the evolution of helping behaviour in honey bees.

uOttawa Sustainability Initiatives video series

Over the past year I have produced a number of videos with students of science at uOttawa and Production Maverix that showcase the sustainability initiatives at the University of Ottawa.  These projects are meant in part to offer science students the opportunity to develop skills related to the media production of science communications, as well […]

Rick Mercer-Style Rant Video Out Now

Last summer, I produced and directed a short science education video with Jason Gencher a student at McGill, in collaboration with Production Maverix and Dr. Joe Schwarcz at McGill’s Office for Science and Society.  It is based on some of the experiences that Jason had during his internship at Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.  Have […]

First Episode of Love Nature now Available

Check out the first of several episodes that I filmed for a new nature series entitled Love Nature on “The Mystery of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog”.  Stay tuned for more as they become available and please let me know what you think!

Pedagogical Manuscript Coming Out Soon

Over the past 8 years or so, I have developed a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning of scientific terminology to accompany the instruction of a course that I teach at uOttawa on an introduction to animal form and function.  One of the great challenges to students is in the requirement to learn entire lexicons […]