I spent the first 10 years of my life enjoying the wonders of bugs, farm animals, plants, gardens, orchards and vineyards, forests and other marvels of nature. Not surprisingly, I later enrolled in the BSc. of Environmental and Conservation Sciences program. When I heard the quote: “There are no environmental problems, only human problems”, I realized I would need to major in Human Dimensions to understand what it is about the human species that causes them to live unsustainably on this finite planet. I learned that many environmental problems (e.g. habitat loss, pollution) are related to agriculture and so I turned my attention to this topic.
After four incredible years of living and working on several organic ranches in Canada, as well as volunteering in Namibia and New Zealand, I headed back to complete a MSc. in Environmental Sociology. My thesis was on the BSE (mad cow) crisis in Canada and to what extent it served as an opportunity for learning and changes. Afterwards, I was fortunate to work for the University of Alberta and other organizations on several projects related to local food, food security, urban agriculture, agricultural-environmental stewardship, and urban-rural interdependencies. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be involved in agriculture from “field to plate” and beyond to research and policy.
I'm an environmental and disaster sociologist fascinated by the intersection of society and nature. I'm grateful for the many opportunities I've had to experience and explore projects on floods, fuels, food, and farming around the world and to meet the 'movers and shakers' who are dedicated to enhancing sustainability and strengthening the resilience of communities.