Michelle spent her university years trying to find ways to make her hobbies part of her work. She started her university studies at the University of Western Ontario in Environmental Science and Biology, and eventually travelled to Ottawa to study parental care behaviour at Carleton University. This allowed her to spend a couple of summers in the Prairie pothole regions of Canada and the US bird-watching, nest finding and mucking about in ponds. Following this, she dabbled in environmental consulting before discovering her love for teaching biology.
After teaching in the lab at Kwantlen University, she came to Capilano University in 2005 to teach sciences in Adult Basic Education. In the classroom she loves learning about the experiences that different students bring to the class and how that relates to our study in the classroom.
Outside of class time you might find Michelle hiking, skiing, biking, gardening, reading with her kids or making pottery.