Lauchlan Fraser

I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and spent my summers exploring the Gulf Islands in a 32-ft sailing boat.  That was my first taste of the sea.  Reading stories like Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, wrapping myself in Greek mythology and inventing fantastical stories while sailing the isles and inlets of Georgia Strait off the west coast of BC, and one memorable spring around the Greek Cyclades in the Aegean, gave adventure to childhood.  Over time, scientific research took hold and after a BSc, MSc, PhD and post-doctoral work I landed a faculty position at the University of Akron in northeast Ohio as a wetland ecologist.  Lake Erie may be large but it couldn’t compare to the Pacific Ocean, and so I returned to BC as the Canada Research Chair in Community and Ecosystem Ecology at Thompson Rivers University where I currently study grasslands and wetlands. I live with my wife and three children in Kamloops, BC; close enough to the ocean.

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