nature and wildlife photography © markus thompson - curious biped primate and aspiring naturalist

About the Curious Biped Primate:

I am currently a master's student in the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation lab with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. I am interested in Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) spawning ecology, particularly the affects local environments have on embryo development, survival and hatching success. Pacific herring are critical to ecosystem health, providing a vital link to primary production and a considerable quantity of the energy requirements for various cetaceans, pinnipeds, marine birds and many species of fish. Fluctuations in herring abundance can have significant impacts on these species and the aboriginal people who rely on them.

In my free time I am typically up before sunrise packing a small arsenal of camera gear into a canoe, before heading off in search of wildlife and perfect light. Recent adventures include Haida Gwaii, and the Hakai and Broughton Archipelagos. I have traveled extensively over the past two decades; living in Kenya, the Netherlands and Australia along the way. Every time I return home I am reminded of how unique this place is – the coast of British Columbia is without doubt one of the most beautiful and wild places on earth! Its continued natural and wild state is in our hands - and we have an obligation as arguably the most intelligent species here (although sometimes it certainly doesn't appear that way) - to conserve and protect it.