Marjorie focuses her research on biological invasions, marine biology, and coastal sustainability. She combines empirical and mathematical approaches to investigate the success and impacts of invasive species, including diseases, and to develop and implement models of sustainable living in educational institutions.
Building on her early interests in biology (including a bug collection in her parents' freezer), Marjorie completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. She then obtained a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Washington, where she spent much of her time on a small island populated by more sea lions and sea gulls than people. Despite being a marine biologist, she then joined the University of Alberta's landlocked Centre for Mathematical Biology, where she focused on developing theoretical models of species and disease invasion.
Marjorie's teaching incorporates student-driven research projects to investigate biology and ecology, to develop scientific literacy and numeracy, and to refine analytical skills. She also teaches hands-on field courses at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Friday Harbor Laboratories, and serves on the board of Salmon Coast Field Station.
Marjorie can usually be found in or on the water, in its various forms, where she scuba dives, canoes, and skis.
To contact Marjorie, you can email her at or call her at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).
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