Hello! Thank you for starting this initiative! My name is Antoinette - I am currently a masters student at York University, where I am working on a thesis regarding migration of birds of prey along the Lake Ontario Waterfront. My research will focus on Toronto's green spaces in particular. My interest in biodiversity started when I was really young - I had a grade 2 science class that made a huge impression on me, and I've continued studying biology and geography ever since! Never underestimate the power of education on young (and older!) minds. Since then, I've studied topics in statistics, genetics, conservation, and restoration ecology (along with applied experience from a post-grad certificate). I have some experience working with ENGOs, and as an educator (in the broadest sense of the word). Most recently, I've been exposed to teachings in sociology, economics, education and EcoHealth fields, and I hope to continue looking at biodiversity both from a scientif ic, and an interdisciplinary lens going forward. It's a pleasure to meet you all! I look forward to discussing topics in biodiversity and other interesting things as they arise! :)
That all sounds pretty cool, it's nice to meet you! I'm Thomas McAuley-Biasi, the chair of ELB. I've got a degree in Zoology, and have since written articles about biomimicry for asknature.org, and own a website, earthunfiltered.com, all about the environment, nature, and conservation. I'm glad to have you on the site!
Super late to the party! I'm Sarah McGuire, a founding member and former secretary of ELB. Currently, I'm part of the Events working group under the direction of Olivia Park. I work at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as an intern in the Species Conservation Policy Branch. Always looking for opportunities to get out of the office and into the field or a public engagement event! It was grade 2 that started my love of nature, science, and biodiversity for me as well! I had a teacher who was pretty much the real life version of Ms Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus - we had red compost worms, frog eggs / tadpoles /frogs, spiders, a vole, and salamanders to look after in our class, not to mention all the plants! I was the kid during sports who was looking for bugs in the grass... I did my undergrad at Dalhousie University in Biology with my honours thesis on call development in Tree Swallows. I then went to Trent University for my Masters in Conservation Biology and Ecology, studying the habitat use and community structure of grassland bird species at risk. I' m from Prince Edward Island originally and have only been in Ontario for 5 years, but I'm already proud to be part of the province that has what is arguably the best biodiversity strategy of any province or state. I have a soft spot for species at risk, but certainly value every single aspect of biodiversity as crucial! Looking forward to meeting more people, helping the organization grow, and attending more events :)