Co-Chair 2nd Annual Beyond Books Biology Alumni Panel Event

(Event Website: Beyond Books 2017 Edition)

Below is my speech as co-chair of the second annual Beyond Books Biology Alumni Panel Discussion Event. Improving on the success of last year’s event, we ensured a wide variety of panelists from a range of biology-related backgrounds.

On behalf of the Concordia Biology Student Association and as Chair of last year’s Beyond Books organizing committee and Co-Chair of this year’s committee, I would like to welcome you all to the second annual Biology Alumni Panel Night. Continue reading

Founding President of Society for Conservation Biology – Montreal Chapter

Our fancy-schmancy logo

Society for Conservation Biology – Montreal Chapter

The Montreal Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology was formed in response to the need for an organization dedicated to the practice of biological conservation in the Greater Montreal Area. Despite being the home to a variety of sustainability-minded groups, including the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, no organization existed which fully encompassed the values set forth by the Society for Conservation Biology. By forming the Montreal Chapter, we aim to bridge the gaps which exist between the scientific community, the non-profit sector, and the general public by establishing a platform for conservation education, communication, and advocacy to the over 4 million people living in the Greater Montreal Area and, by extension, the 8.2 million people in the province of Quebec.

#AAASmtg: 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Triangle-shaped posters means it’s definitely something interesting!

Below are snippets of the extensive set of notes I gathered attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, MA, from February 16-20. The overall theme of the meeting was “Serving Society Through Science Policy” and focused primarily on the communication of science with lawmakers and the public.


Continue reading

Member of the Notre-Dame-de-Graçe-Westmount Constituency Youth Council

(Marc Garneau – Constituency Youth Council)

ArunDayanandanJustinTrudeauCanadaYouthCouncilAs a member of the NDG-Westmount Constituency Youth Council, an initiative of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal government aimed at engaging youth from across Canada in provincial and federal politics, I will work towards imparting positive changes to the NDG-Westmount communities by bringing the concerns of young citizens to the forefront of the political process through meetings with other members of the council and Transport Minister Marc Garneau. Continue reading

Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America, and the Environment

(Published in Biological Conservation)


On the surface, the ecological and environmental similarities between the United States and Australia seem few and far between; the outback’s bounding kangaroos and perpetually slumbering koalas appear to have little in common with the prairie dogs and lumbering buffalo that roam the Great Plains. What’s more, the two centuries that separate the British being thrown out of the US (1783) and granting Australia self-rule (1986) led to vastly different attitudes with respect to the conservation of their natural systems. In this book, however, we discover these differences are only skin-deep.

Continue reading