I am a PhD candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. My research focuses on explaining inter- and intra-specific variation in parasitism in damselflies. Most people do not realise that damselflies are parasitized by a whole slew of organisms; macro and micro, external and internal. I will speak often of damselflies here because they are my primary focus (See picture for a heavily water mite parasitised Enallagma ebrium). However, I have many biological and other interests. I enjoy being outside observing many different types of organisms, usually insects, because they do fascinating things. There are even extraordinary things happening indoors.
You may be thinking that as a PhD candidate, I am much more established than one that is just starting out as an undergraduate. I would argue that I may be more set in my ways but I am still very much in awe of every novel thing I come upon. I hope that this wonder will never leave me. If it does, maybe I’ll know that this is not what I am supposed to be doing. This blog will therefore focus on my observations of my surroundings. It will mostly be about biological/ecological/natural historical observations and stories. Sharing these observations will hopefully increase the appreciation of nature and our surroundings and maybe even give readers ideas encouragement to make their own.