Growing up in rural Northern Ireland, I spent many days in and around the woods and streams of the Sperrins, exploring, fishing, and getting myself lost. Weekends would find me on the sandy beaches or rocky headlands of the north coast, studying dunes and tide pools and wondering at the world beyond our shores. My fascination with the natural world eventually took me travelling throughout Europe, and later, Canada, which is now my home.
David is exceptional is his desire to interact with students in a manner that helps them realize that he genuinely cares about them as individuals as well as about their academic success. A credit to the profession. Dr. Sharon Murray, Professor, Department of Education, St. Thomas University
Besides being very personable and friendly, Dave is enthusiastic, energetic, very knowledgeable, and extremely passionate toward his work. In working with young students and staff, he has a magical way of interacting with them and engages them in meaningful, informative, and memorable activities. An inspiration to the school community with his knowledge of and enthusiasm for nature. Greg Moffitt, Principal, Garden Creek Elementary School
I found David to be an extremely dependable, resourceful and tireless colleague and a valuable source of enrichment opportunities for our students. A truly special individual and an obvious standout among the many teachers I've worked with. Chris Piers, Science teacher, Devon Middle School
Dave has helped the Centre increase its ability to represent complex issues to audiences from farmers to doctoral students. He has worked on a number of projects that have integrated his skills as a scientist, musician, and graphic designer—in each of these contexts, Dave has woven together visual elements with content in such a way as to bring our science into the realm of art. His desire to make a positive contribution to society allows me to leave projects in his capable hands with complete confidence that he will carry out any task with integrity and honesty. Dr. Shawn Dalton, Director, Environment and Sustainable Development Research Centre
Dave is passionate about science and science education. He likes variety. He likes challenges, and he succeeds regardless of the challenges put before him. He is comfortable dealing with professors and Deans in a university setting, but he is just as comfortable making deals at the lumber or garden supply store for his projects. Dave gets things done efficiently, without fuss, and with a quiet diplomacy that few possess. I always enjoy our interactions and I feel like I come away from them having learned something. Dr. Tom Beckley, Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick
This course was fantastic! Hana and Dave are so enthusiastic about science and always showed interest in what we were doing.
They are the best profs I'd ever had in university. They really made my Bamfield experience remarkable. I'm glad I had them with me here.
Dave can always make complicated things easy to accept.
Could not ask for better teachers. They are the best.
Comments from Science and the Sea undergraduate students, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
It was the most fun I've had learning thus far.
Bridgette and Dave were both phenomenal interactive instructors.
Great experience. Even when weather kept us from going out on our [field] trip we were kept active and involved.
Very informative. Great teachers.
Comments from Marine Field Skills undergraduate students, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
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