Why did the bat cross the road?
Because it was trying to get from its roost to its foraging area, but we built a city and paved over its natural habitat.
A silly take on an old joke, but also truth in the urban century—it’s what motivates me to view ecology and conservation biology through an urban lens. My research aims to clarify how cities can be better stewards of biodiversity, and my teaching aims to raise awareness of the need to do so.
But this isn’t what I always wanted to do. Like most Canadian kids, I spent lots of time outdoors, but I was no Nature nut. Instead, given my knack for languages and writing, I hoped to become a translator – a path I pursued through a BA at Concordia University in Montreal.