I exercise to relax. I do a boot-camp outside year-round. Plus I got into running long distances after I came to Edmonton. I like being outside and the people who run are fun. I'm trying to start volunteering with the MS Society, but it is hard to find time.
I originally wanted to be a veterinarian. But I took some genetics courses in my 3rd year of undergrad that got me interested, and did a research project in my 4th year that got me hooked. Then I did my Master's at the U of S. After completing that I took a job as a research technician at Iowa State University. I wanted to learn more about livestock genetics from a different angle and make money to pay off some of my student loans. Then I went on to do a PhD in Sweden. There I met a few student at ISU who introduced me to their supervisor. Afterwards I did a Post-doc in Australia because I always wanted to go there. Also, I wanted to work with cattle again, and was not ready to come back to Canada yet. After 3 years I applied for the job I have now.
Do what makes you happy! You don't need to make a million dollars, but reality is that you have to support yourself. Don't be afraid to change your mind about what makes you happy.
I was born/grew up in: Colonsay, Saskatchewan, Canada
I now live in: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I completed my training/education at: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (BSc, MSc), and Uppsala University, Sweden (PhD)
I enjoy solving logic problems, and that is how I view genetics, like it is one big logic problem that we don't have all the pieces to yet. I also like when a theory I have based an experiment on shows through in the results - very cool. I'm still at the start of my career so I hope these results can one day benefit producers, but that is a long journey.
Many of my daily activities involve organization - data, experiments, people who work for me. I use my science background to review papers, articles students have written, write proposals, and grant reports. I organize lectures and assignments for the class I teach - Applied Beef Production. During the semester I often answer questions from students about class, both via email and in person.
- Industrial Arts
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Played on a sports team
- Liked reading
- Was really creative
- Always knew what I wanted to do