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

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
and
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
et
Faculté de l’Éducation
Université d’Ottawa

Pédagogie scientifique et communication scientifique
(Écologie, Évolution et Sciences
Environnementales)

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Doc Brown’s Zoology Videos

During the pandemic, I used 2 grants to fund the creation of three nature documentary series of 10-episodes each for use in my undergraduate courses in Biology, as well as to share online publicly with casual learners of science. These documentaries are meant to present an informal and entertaining learning experience for students of Animal Behaviour and Zoology and are much appreciated learning resources for students at uOttawa. 

Their reception online has also been impressive, with the three series’ gathering over 3800 YouTube subscribers and clicking in over 200,000 episode views so far.  Not bad for non-commercial and un-promoted educational content online!

Check out a preview of the documentary series on Animal Behaviour and don’t forget to groove to the soundtrack provided by my pals in Bell Orchestre.  You may watch all 10 episodes on the Animal Behaviour YouTube playlist here

Have a look at the trailer for the Zoology series (which is available in both English and French). View some clips of Doc Brown hamming it up for the audience from a few scenes in the Zoology series.  Watch all 10 episodes on the Zoology YouTube playlist here.

Just to show the versatility and range of Doc Brown in his ability to adapt to different roles, check out the same clips from his Zoology series that was created entirely in French!  Vous pouvez écouter tous les 10 épisodes de la série documentaire en Zoologie sur YouTube ici.

Love Nature Channel Documentaries

I was invited in 2015 to be a prominent talking-head guest expert in several episodes for two documentary series produced by the Love Nature Channel, during which I got to geek out on neat-o aspects of the evolution of plant and animals.

Finding Stuff Out – Oceans

I joined Harrison Houde in 2011 as a guest on his multiple award-winning science show for kids Finding Stuff Out on TVOkids (an Apartment 11 production).  During this episode from the first season, we answer a bunch of questions about fish in the oceans.

Finding Stuff Out – Plants

I returned to join Harrison again in season 2 of FSO, this time to talk about Plants.  I worked during pre-production with head writer Edward Kay to structure this episode script and it turned out great…. Our episode was nominated for a Screenwriters Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in the Children & Youth category!

TEDx talk on Ayahuasca

In 2010, I travelled down to Tarapoto, Peru in the heart of the Amazon jungle with Dr. Gabor Mate and a crew for The Nature of Things television show (CBC) to make a documentary on the potent psychedelic brew, Ayahuasca, and its potential for mental health healing and therapy.  Following that project, I was invited to speak about my experiences for a TEDx conference at uOttawa and that talk was featured in the Netflix documentary on Drugs, Chelsea Does with comedian Chelsea Handler.

Tracking Life – The Timescale of Evolution

I collaborated with a writing partner (Dr. Ian Clark) and a film crew from Maverix Productions to create an innovative teaching and learning approach to visualizing the vastness of space and time, and the evolution of life on earth.  Using a 400m running track as a template, we mapped out the large spans of geological time and the corresponding events over evolutionary time in a unique and effective pedagogical display.  This video received several high-profile kudos, including being listed in the online learning resources for Richard Dawkins’ Foundation, the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.  In addition, the virtues of our video instruction were shared via tweets from Cmdr Chris Hadfield and Monty Python’s Eric Idle.

Best of (worst of) Dr. Brown