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Colin Baird

Colin Baird is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario.   He has received the University's Edward G. Pleva Teaching Award and a national 3M Teaching Fellowship Award.


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Brendan Borrell

Brendan Borrell is a biologist and journalist who has written about science and the environment for a dozens of outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Nature, New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His reporting at home and abroad has given him a first-hand view of some of the most pressing environmental issues of today. He has visited the phosphate mines of Morocco, followed a rhino hunt in South Africa, and taken a road trip through the expanding soy plantations of central Brazil.

Brendan received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. For his dissertation research, he studied the evolution, ecology, and physiology of nectar feeding in the orchid bees of Costa Rica and Panama.  His articles have received awards from the American Society for Journalists and Authors and his reporting has been funded by the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative.


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Marnie Branfireun

Marnie Branfireun is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She teaches in both the Undergraduate Environmental Science and MSc in Ecological Restoration Programs. Her BSc (University of Manitoba) in Ecology focused on aquatic ecology, and her MSc (McGill University) was on mercury cycling and plant decomposition in boreal peatlands. She has monitored stream and lake ecosystems using benthic macroinvertebrates for Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, conducted research at the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario, worked as a Project Ecologist for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and has taught post-secondary environmental science at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. As an ecologist and physical geographer, she has been engaged in environmental science education, conservation, restoration, and monitoring for over 25 years. 


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