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I am a Goddess-loving plant ecologist nerd that is currently re-discovering what is beautiful about the world and the folk that live here!
In the words of my partner: "In terms of dungeons and dragons, you're a cleric style character! You got the book learning and you know all sorts of stuff, but you're out there sharing it and trying to help people with it and doing magic and such!"
I am interested in both art and science and seek the intersection between them. I adore bellydancing, botanizing, prairie and boreal forest ecology.
I love dancing! I have done american tribal style (ATS) bellydance since 2002, and just began to dance modern this year with a local dance company. I've also started performing with a freakshow (Fire eating, breathing, and dancing) and doing more transgressive work with my partner, Albert. I've been getting more and more interested in mythology and that's something that I'm expressing in my artistic work.
I have a masters in Plant Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan, and I work for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as a taxonomist. I used to do field work in saskatchewan and alberta with the Canadian Wildlife Service, including rare plant surveys, ecological impact assessment, etc. I'm also a huge geek in general, and I love science.
I've been initiated as a Priestess of Kali in a Shakta tantra tradition (Sharanya.org), and draw a lot of strength from my spirituality. I hold public Puja (ceremony) to Kali semi-regulary.
I have three awesomely cute snakes that I dance with (Lady, Lanny, and Lily).
As well, I'm a gamer and I love console RPGs like Dragon age, Final Fantasy, and Mass Effect.
I'm a big fan of films by David Lynch and similar!
- performing arts
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Most of my awestruck moments are related to nature. Once I walked through a forest full of fire files, I swam with a sea turtle. During fieldwork with the Canadian wildlife service, I found an archaic buffalo kill site near Bow river in central Alberta. Another time working with the CWS, I got to take part in a controlled burn and witness the power of fire to change a landscape.
Once after a dance performance, members of the audience came up and thanked me and my partner, and told them that our dance had helped them come to terms with events in their own life.
Once, after teaching a course on seed taxonomy, I got feedback from a student who said that he'd have stayed in botany if he'd had me as a teacher.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, China, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In