Forest ecology

Forest research

August 15 post: Biodiversity & Watershed Management Field Course

The 2016 Biodiversity and Watershed Management field course that ran in the first half of July was awesome! This exclusive course is tailored for YorkU students who can't get away from their weekend summer jobs to go on pricey field courses in distant locations. Read the student blog: Urban Watershed Management & Biodiversity I made the posters for […]

More evidence that using Social Media in Science isn't frivolous

Who can resist being entranced by the gorgeous Fall colours around us? I find them distracting, even as Canada's science and sustainability communities have been focussed on much more weighty issues of a general election and Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of Women in STEM. In the midst of the latter socially important stuff, I couldn't help […]

Why academics should regularly attend conferences where we don't present our work. Pt 2

Update: in response to Twitter peer review by @JWoodgett, I added a short section for people like him & me (STEM types) at the end, with clear, concise explanations of the concepts I discuss. If I had a penny for every colleague and student at York University who mentions the topics of colonialism, post-colonialism and our need to decolonize, […]

The sky high Opportunity Cost of dealing with #HigherEd administration

The reason I am late by a week with this post, is that I spent a ton of time last week: 1. With inspiring high school students and great colleagues (at right). For the 2nd year, I judged the Toronto Envirothon at the Ontario Science Centre. 2. With inspiring university students: I edited the publishable research of my […]

Figuring out the link between Social Media and What I do as a Biology Prof

  Anybody who has given any kind of cursory glance over this website in the last 2 months, will know that webpage construction has rather ground to a halt. The reason for this, is that I have spent a lot of time since mid-September, exploring and experimenting with social media, specifically Twitter. The impetus for […]