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Presenting my thesis work at the 2015 Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Symposium. Photo by Stéphanie Sabbagh.

Presenting my thesis work at the 2015 Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Symposium. Photo by Stéphanie Sabbagh.

An undergraduate field course at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre changed my life. Learning about invertebrate biology with Sally Leys showed me that what I really wanted to do with my life was to play in a tide pool. That led me to do my M.Sc. with Louise Page at the University of Victoria, where I fell in love with marine invertebrate larvae. After a brief foray into teaching English to students of all ages in both Japan and Québec, I decided that I missed science. I did my PhD as a member of the Neotropical Environment Option, giving me the opportunity to work with amazing people at both McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. I studied eco-evo-devo with Ehab Abouheif, and tackled the amazing development of the calyptraeid gastropods with Rachel Collin. I never figured out that it was smarter to go to Panama during winters in Montreal.

My next adventure will be to unlock the secrets of Crepidula with Jon Henry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Crepidula Hunter

Collecting calyptraeid gastropods in the intertidal in Panama.

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