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The science of climate change

Over my academic career I have worked towards cultivating science communication skills. Bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public is something that I am passionate about. But “science” is a broad topic – so I’ve chosen to primarily focus on the largest phenomenon impacting our world: climate change. I want to spend…

Summertime in Churchill, MB

Now that I have visited Churchill during three different seasons, a friend asked me which was my favourite. My answer was a tie between both Bear Season (in late fall) and Beluga Season (in the summer). Although it was amazing to see the northern lights for the first time during Aurora Season (winter), personally, I…

The Vancouver Island Marmot

Earlier this summer I had the privilege of attending a talk by the incredible Dr. Jane Goodall for the first time. An idol of mine for many years, it was a bucket list opportunity for me. This post is not about her, however. Instead, I want to talk about something that she brought up when…

Arctic sea ice

This Friday (July 15) marks Arctic Sea Ice Day, a day created by Polar Bears International to draw attention to the Arctic sea ice environment and how climate change is affecting it. When talking with the public about this topic, I’ve noticed that most people associate sea ice with polar bears through its usefulness as…


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Welcome to my blog!

I’m so excited that you’ve stumbled across my website! I’m Larissa – an ecologist, science communicator, and outdoor enthusiast. I study the potential impacts of climate change on vulnerable species’ habitats and I’m passionate about talking to people about science and the environment. I hope to use this blog for two things: 1) to increase awareness about environmental issues, with an emphasis on the impacts of climate change; and 2) to share photos and stories of my outdoor adventures.

To cultivate environmental empathy (the desire to care for our natural environment), we need to understand and experience our natural world. This isn’t always possible for everyone, though. Our responsibilities or disabilities can keep us from being able to get outside. So, I hope you can learn about and experience Mother Nature vicariously through this blog.

As one of my idols says “To reconnect with nature is key if we want to save the planet.” – Dr. Jane Goodall


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