About admin

I am an intentional educator, biologist, author, photographer and traveller in search of truth, creativity, and conversations that matter. I seek simplicity, strive to be mindful, and listen for the song of the river and tree. I am a writer by need, not choice, from a conscientious and curious calling to put wonder into words. I write fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and am currently revising my first novel.

Recent Publications

Here are some of my recent publications, on varied topics including science education, experiential learning, poetic inquiry, and Goethe’s gentle empiricism.

“Romanticism and Science Education: Nature as a Poem”

European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education

Available to read and download here.

13 Questions cover

“Science Education in the Key of Gentle Empiricism”
with Heesoon Bai

Chapter in 13 Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation – Science

Available to buy here and here.

Animals and Science Education

“Ethical-ecological Holism in Science Pedagogy: In Honor of Sea Urchins”
with Heesoon Bai and Serenna Romanycia

Chapter in Animals and Science Education

Available to buy here and here.

Poetic Inquiry Enchantments of Place

“Poetic Pedagogy in Science Education”

Chapter in Poetic Inquiry: Enchantments of Place

Available to buy here and here.

Refugium Poems for the Pacific

“Aristotle’s Lantern”

Poem in Refugium: Poems for the Pacific

Available to buy here and here.

Upcoming Events & Presentations

September 10, 1pm
The Amazon as teacher
With Farhad Dastur & Lucie Gagné
9th annual World Environmental Education Congress, Vancouver, BC

September 10, 5pm
Blurring the nature/culture divide through deep connectivity
With Jade Ho & Maureen Jack La-Croix
9th annual World Environmental Education Congress, Vancouver., BC

September 14, 7:30pm
From the Amazon to zoology: Reclaiming nature for our children
White Rock and Surrey Naturalists
Sunnyside Community Hall

October 5, 6:30pm
Book launch and poetry reading for Refugium: Poems for the Pacific
Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria, BC
More info here

October 19
Vancouver Public Library poetry reading
Vancouver, BC

November 3
The life of blossom: Living poetically in the Anthropocene
With David Chang
6th International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
More info here

November 18, 10am-noon
Ecology, creativity, and wonder: Our local rainforest
Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association, Langley, BC
More info here

January 25, 2018, 7:30pm
Place-based Education: Nature as Teacher
Nature Vancouver
949 49 AVE W, Vancouver, BC
More info here

Eleven Photos from the Amazon

The KPU Amazon Field School takes students on a journey to the heart of the world’s most awe-inspiring rainforest, where we stay at the Calanoa Jungle Lodge located on the shore of the world’s mightiest river. Students from diverse backgrounds, including anthropology, biology, business, creative writing, design, expressive arts, fine arts, journalism and sociology, all take part in this interdisciplinary adventure. This diversity of disciplines enables a cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives as we engage in a cultural, ecological, and philosophical immersion. 

My Photography

Photography is a practice in what Joanna Macy calls seeing with new eyes. From light and lens we capture a still image, almost lifeless at first glance, yet between color and pattern the keen viewer discerns windows of insight. What is not seen often speaks just as loudly as that which falls within the frame.

I follow themes of natural phenomena and our disconnection from the earthly reality. My intention is to reveal the emergent intelligence of Gaia, and elicit that most important of feelings on the path to wisdom: wonder.

Click to see photos.