I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus, Professor of Biology at Laurentian University.  She has a long history of research specializing in turtle population ecology, spatial ecology, life history theory and demography.

Here is what she had to say…


What does a typical day look like to you?

  • Arrive at office, lectures in morning, labs in afternoon

  • Teaches Herpetology, animal ecology, thesis writing, etc.

  • Works on papers and grant proposals

  • Works as an editor for different journals

  • Checks on labs


What was your education path to get you to where you are today?

  • Upper level bio, physics, chem + all maths

  • Took courses in herpetology in undergrad

  • Before masters, worked as a bio teacher at a canoe tripping camp

  • Realized how much she likes turtles

  • Then started path towards becoming a professor


What are some of the challenges of your job? In the lab? In the field?

  • Finances to support the research

  • Dealing with people

  • Getting the job, hundreds of people applying for the same jobs


Looking back at where and and what you have done, what has been your favourite?

  • Interacting with students


What would you say has been your greatest career accomplishment so far?

  • When research results get used to change policies


What are some of the programs you can take in undergrad? What kind of specialties are offered for grad students in your field?

  • Masters of Biology or Environmental Science

  • More specialized grad programs like conservation biology


What are some interesting things you have done in the field?

  • Tracking turtles with radio transmitters to do research on their behaviour


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