I’m a Canadian science writer who specializes in archaeology.  My work as a writer takes me to out of the way places and often leads to memorable encounters with both the living and the dead–subjects I like to write about in books and magazine articles. I’m an editor emeritus at Hakai. I freelanced for National Geographic for several years and had a hand in founding Last Word on Nothing.com.

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, where my dad was a professional hockey player and my entire family was nuts about hockey. Sadly,  I failed to inherit the hockey gene, and must now be the only Canadian on the planet who is ambivalent about the game.

Before I took up writing, I was a museum researcher and book editor.


I began freelance writing when I moved to British Columbia and since then I’ve traveled extensively to cover stories–from the Sahara to Baffin Island and from the Atacama to Tonga. The best flight I ever took was in the backseat of an F-18 fighter jet, where I flew upside down 200 feet over the boreal forest in northern Alberta.

Today I live a few blocks from the ocean in Victoria, and I love nothing better than exploring the region’s trails and neighborhoods with my husband Geoff and our Labrador retriever, Gillie.