“There is grandeur in this view of life… from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

– Charles Darwin

Since I was a child I have been completely enthralled by the natural world. Despite – or perhaps, in spite of – growing up in downtown Toronto, and never having had a pet, I developed a fondness for animals and an appreciation for the diversity of life on this planet.

I just completed my M. Sc. in the lab of Njal Rollinson. My project investigated temperature dependent sex determination and timing of developmental events in a Northern population of the Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina.

Now, I am working on my Ph. D. in the lab of Tamara Franz-Odendaal, where I study vertebrate eye development.


Turtle illustration by the naturalist and artist John Anderson (1833-1900).