Adrian Belshaw grew up in Vancouver, and received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from UBC in 1973. At that point he changed subjects, earning an M.A. in Biology at Princeton in 1975. There, he developed a keen interest in the ecology of wild bees.
Adrian moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1980 and worked at many jobs: teacher's aide, continuing education instructor, liquor store clerk, construction assistant, and salal-picker, to name a few. He began teaching mathematics at Capilano College's Sechelt campus in the late 1990s. An old love of mathematics was rekindled; Adrian returned to graduate studies while he taught at Cap, and he earned his M.Sc. (2005) and Ph.D. (2013) in Mathematics at SFU. His research interests are in number theory and analysis, and he has worked on questions about normal numbers and about "flat" unimodular polynomials. Currently, he teaches Mathematics and Sciences in the Adult Basic Education Department at Cap U, as well as a variety of courses in Cap's Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Elphinstone Forest has an extraordinary diversity of mushrooms, and this led Adrian and others to propose the creation of what is now Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park. Adrian was elected Director for Roberts Creek to the Sunshine Coast Regional Board from 1999 to 2005, and in the first of those years he was Chair of the Regional District.
In his spare time, Adrian is likely to be in his garden, where he has replaced lawns with fruit trees, grapevines, and vegetables; or he may be walking in the beautiful forests of the Sunshine Coast.