Sandra is a wildlife biologist with passions for environmental sustainability and conservation. Her PhD, completed in 2013 at York University in Toronto, focused on the impact of industrial development on the black bear population of Labrador, Canada, specifically assessing the habitat selections and population movements of bears. During her master's research conducted in 2005, Sandra developed strategies to address collisions between right whales and commercial vessels navigating through the whales' feeding grounds and migration paths. As a biological scientist, she has performed aerial moose and raptor surveys as well as fish habitat and ecosystem health assessments. Sandra currently resides in Toronto, after stints in Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia, France, the U.S., the Philippines and Barbados, to name a few. She is an avid scuba diver and enjoys playing competitive sports.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"I cannot say enough good things about Sandra! She is truly a special person, a real gem of a guide. She is just one of the best! (which I found true of all of the guides I have had with Nat Hab!) She really had great subject knowledge, helpfulness, checked with each of us how we were doing, etc. She knew when to lead, and when to let the local guides be the leaders. She really goes WAY above and beyond the basic requirements of a guide."
"I cannot say enough good things about Sandra. She was amazing! If I could only pick one excellent quality, I would say Sandra's ability to be flexible and maximize every moment of the trip was outstanding. She made it possible for our group to have an over the top experience."
"We can't say enough good things about Sandra. She was always extremely well organized and flexible. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about Churchill, the polar bears, wildlife in general, and Canada. She kept us busy and entertained for the entire trip. She was very patient with all group members and worked well with them as a group and one on one. On a scale of 1 to 10, she is a 20! This was a trip of a lifetime, and she made it live up to all our expectations and beyond!"
"Sandra was one of the best guides we have ever had on any trip all over the world!"
"On a scale from 1 to 10 Sandra was a 15, if that is possible. She was amazing. Our whole group could not believe how she went out of her way to make everything happen for us. And, when things needed to be rescheduled, she took care of everything. She was like a Wonderwoman. A definite keeper for NHA. Based on our experience with Sandra and all that she did to make this trip so special for everyone, I would definitely recommend NHA to all our friends who travel."