I’m a journalist based in Vancouver, Canada, currently reporting for CBC News Vancouver on television and radio. I specialize in science and environment stories.
I used to be a biologist, or at least a biologist-in-training. That makes me a geek for all kinds of things that many journalists I’ve met dislike, including animal carcasses and math.
A more recent interest is the (in flux) intersection between mainstream media and social media. I play and work in this world, and my interest in it ramped up when I was part of the team starting the Your Story project, a pilot for citizen journalism at CBC.
I have an Honours degree in Biology (UBC ’02), and I worked in the field for a few seasons before deciding to change paths. I pipetted DNA, watched fish mating dances, and counted kelp in the dark at low tide.
What I studied then — ecology and evolution, mostly in the marine environment — fascinated me, and it still does. But I realized I was more interested in telling stories about the natural world, than in the intervening years of work at the lab and spreadsheet that it takes to do science.
So, I became a storyteller.