Biographies


Nicole Hubley

Butterfly Project Coordinator

Nicole Hubley and graduated from Acadia University in 2008. She began working for MTRI in September of 2017 and has since become the Butterfly Project Coordinator. She engages Nova Scotian youth in environmental education, giving many presentations and seminars throughout the province, both in schools and other events. Monarch butterflies are amazing, and Nicole encourages everyone to plant swamp milkweed as it is the only food source for Monarch caterpillars and important habitat to sutsain, thus they too can enjoy the beauty of Monarchs. Nicole lives in Pleasant River with her husband and son, and you will most often find her in the garden, walking, or taking photos of both wildlife and her family.

Tom Neily

Botanist and Lichenologist

Tom Neily has been surveying the forests and wetlands of Nova Scotia for the Boreal Felt Lichen and other rare cyanolichens for over fifteen years. He is happiest when in the field especially in good habitat which is becoming noticeably more difficult to find. Not content with that challenge he is actively collecting and maintaining a bryophyte collection which currently consists of over four thousand specimens from the maritimes and has found several species previously not recorded for the area. Tom also has an interest in vascular plants, fungi and all species at risk.When not in the woods Tom enjoys adding to the diversity around his home on the north mountain in the Annapolis Valley specializing in not-so-common trees and shrubs.

Jeffie McNeil

Co-Director / Species at Risk Biologist

Jeffie McNeil has been working with Blanding's turtles since 1995 when she did her honor's thesis at Acadia University, followed by her MSc thesis. Upon graduation she continued working with Blanding's turtles and other reptiles as recovery coordinator. She is a co-chair of the Reptile and Amphibian Recovery Team and manages the species at risk resource site. She appreciates the privledge of getting to know these long-lived turtles and working with amazing volunteers, staff and students along the way. She enjoys meandering through  wetlands with her sniffer dog, Boomer, and spending time with her husband and son at the family cabin.

Brad Toms

Wildlife Biologist

Brad Toms started working as a Wildlife Biologist for MTRI in 2009.revious to that he studied seabirds and other bird species at risk for Canadian Wildlife Service, Massasauga Rattlesnakes for Parks Canada and Black Bears for the Ontario MNRF. Brad's projects almost always focus on recovering species at risk in Nova Scotia through collaborative studies and stewardship. In his spare time he enjoys staring at the ocean looking for pelagic seabirds, orienteering and spending time at Shingle Lake.