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Lynne Quarmby

Photo: James Emler 2020

Lynne Quarmby grew up spending lots of time in nature, near the Cowichan River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives, works, and plays on the occupied lands of the Coast Salish people. Lynne is a scientist and an activist. In 2015, she shared the Sterling Prize for Controversy with Poet Stephen Collis. After a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of B.C., Quarmby completed her PhD in genetics and biochemistry at the University of Connecticut. Two years of postdoctoral studies at the University of Texas in Dallas lead to faculty position at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to Canada in 2000, and is now a professor of cell biology in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Together with her trainees, Quarmby has published over fifty research papers—featuring cilia and snow algae—in scientific journals.

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Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear. McGill Queen's University Press, 2020
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