But in a recent feature in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Dr. Maud Ferrari (PhD) looks back on the path that led to a career as an exceptional University of Saskatchewan (USask) behavioural ecologist who studies predator-prey interactions.
Initially giving up on her dreams of being a veterinarian, Ferrari recounts how her love of research was rekindled as she finished her undergraduate thesis, and later moved to Saskatoon in 2003 to do a post-doctoral fellowship at USask.
Now she’s an associate professor and researcher in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences.
“This is what I was meant to do,” Ferrari said in an interview with the StarPhoenix.
Earlier this year, Ferrari’s exceptional work was recognized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which presented her with an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship worth $250,000. The fellowship is awarded to up to six outstanding and highly promising scientists each year and allows them to be relieved of administrative and teaching duties for two years to focus on their research.
Read more about Ferrari’s work at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.