I’m a passionate biologist, environmentalist, and traveler. Through world travel I have become passionate about informing fellow travelers about sustainable travel practices and ethical companies who are doing it right. I’m currently doing my Masters of Science degree at Simon Fraser University on the impact of diluted bitumen on several kinds of habitat forming seaweeds on the West Coast of Canada.
I haven’t always approached tourism from the lens of ethical and sustainable travel. In high school and during my bachelor’s degree I supported myself by working in the tourism industry. After 6 years in the industry I became frustrated with the mindset of profits over sustainable long-term decision making.
Since then I have left commercial tourism, graduated and started working. At the time, I was unsure of which direction I needed to go. I never thought I would travel before the age of 40 because I wanted to focus on building a career. With a little influence from my friends, I was persuaded to take a year off and travel with the money I had saved. It was the best decision I ever made. Travelling taught me more than I would ever learn in a textbook. The photos from my science textbooks came to life. Travel challenged my “westernized” perspective and the way I envisioned conservation and biodiversity in the rest of the world.
But I found the same problem I found at home, if not more. Tourism in other parts of the world was just as unsustainable. Tourism and travel when only practiced with a single bottom line focusing on profits is unsustainable and sometimes grossly unethical.
Bio on the Go is a resource that any traveler can use to inform themselves with the most up to date scientific information. Travelling doesn’t have to be all about profits and saving money. It’s about visiting beautiful places, learning about them and making sure you don’t leave anything behind.
Information on some of the most biologically diverse places in the world. Detailed species profiles of organisms that you see in the every day or once in a lifetime. Non-profit organizations that focus on conservation and need the support of tourism dollars. Lastly, we work with companies that are making every effort to reduce their carbon footprint and be sustainable for the long run and give back to their local communities in some way. All this with the most up to date scientific information.
Currently, I am completing my Master’s in Biology and will continue travelling and writing this blog. I have two ultimate goals as a Biologist. The first is to see Gibbons (Hylobatidae) because they are the COOLEST animals on the planet! The second is to change the world in a positive way through conservation and environmental education. I believe that in order to change the world, it’s important to expose yourself to more ways of living and doing than those you already know. So, I hope you enjoy learning about Biology while we’re both on the go.
This blog’s content takes a lot of time and effort to create and I would appreciate no re-posts without my authorization. Doing so is in violation of DCMA copyright.