Geoff Haywood Instructor, Biology
BA Biology, MSc Oceanography, PhD in Marine Physiology
My first degree was in Biology at the University of Lancaster, UK for which I obtained a BA upper second (2:1). I then went to the University of Southampton, UK and completed a 1-year Masters degree in Oceanography.
Having been born in South Africa, (but growing up in the UK) I obtained a scholarship to return to Cape Town where I did my PhD in marine physiology (on sharks) over 4 years. My MSc was awarded in absentia – since I had already left for South Africa at that time. Prior to completion of the PhD and because I was publishing research papers as part of it, I was contacted by an acclaimed French scientist and invited to do a post-doctoral fellowship with his team in the south of France. This I did on finishing the PhD and it lasted for around 16 months. During that time I applied for a post doctoral fellowship with the NRC in Canada. This did not materialize but luckily I managed to find a second post-doctoral position at Sheffield University in the UK. During my time there, unknown to me, my NRC application was apparently resubmitted and after 2 years at Sheffield I was offered a third post-doctoral fellowship to come to Canada. It was that or remain for another 2 years at Sheffield. I chose Canada (no brainer) and found a position with the Salmonid Enhancement program at the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC.
At the end of this 2-year study I had produced 15 scientific publications (including 6 from my PhD) and found a position as a consultant with an Oceanographic company in Pat Bay. This lasted 4 years after which time I made a complete switch in occupation and became a pharmaceutical representative with Bristol Myers (later to become Bristol-Myers Squibb). This gave me a very useful medical training to add to my previous physiology knowledge. This position lasted for 13 years, allowing me to bring up a family on a reasonably substantial income.
Shortly after this, my thoughts turned to teaching, firstly in the realm of creative writing, based on the publishing of a novel in 1997 and then later into science, where my true training was. This started off in Hawaii, where I taught writing at the University of Hawaii and later marine biology at a private college. This was followed by teaching biology here at Camosun College when I returned in 2007/8.
I have been teaching various biology courses here ever since and thoroughly enjoying it. My only regret is that I didn’t get into this sooner.