What is your name?
SHAWN J LEROUX
What do you do at Memorial?
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN BIOLOGY.
What is your favorite aspect of your profession?
DISCUSSING SCIENCE WITH STUDENTS, PROFESSORS AND STAFF AT MUN. EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT BACKGROUND, EXPERTISE AND PASSION AND I AM ALWAYS LEARNING NEW THINGS.
What do you consider a career highlight?
OBTAINING MY FIRST NSERC DISCOVERY GRANT WHICH WILL SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM.
Why did you choose this career?
I AM FASCINATED BY THE COMPLEXITY OF OUR NATURAL WORLD AND I LOVE PROBLEM SOLVING. MY CAREER ALLOWS ME TO SOLVE (OR ATTEMPT TO SOLVE!) DIFFERENT PROBLEMS RELATED TO ECOSYSTEM COMPLEXITY EVERY WEEK.
What is your favorite food?
What do you like to do when you are not working?
TRIATHLON, FISHING, GUITAR
What historical figure(s) would you like to have lunch with and why?
CHARLES DARWIN...GREAT NATURAL HISTORIAN AND MIND. HE DEVELOPED AN ELEGANT THEORY OF EVOLUTION BY NATURAL SELECTION BASED ON YEARS OF EMPIRICAL OBSERVATIONS.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
FISHING FOR TROUT WITH MY FAMILY IN QUEBEC.
What's your idea of a good time?
A 3 HOUR BIKE RIDE ALONG THE NEWFOUNDLAND COAST.