An undergraduate field course at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre changed my life. Learning about invertebrate biology 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. 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.