Welcome to my blog! My name is Nicolas.
I hold two college diplomas from the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, one in Social sciences, the other in Natural sciences. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Biology – Entomology) from McGill University. I am currently a candidate to the degree of Master of Science in Plant Science (Plant-insect interactions), under the supervision of Prof. Jacqueline C. Bede from McGill University and Dr. Donald M. Windsor from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. I am funded through a Master’s research scholarship by the Fonds québécois de recherche Nature et technologies. In the past, I have held an Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. I study the butterfly Eumaeus godartii (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae), and I am interested in biology, people that I get to meet, and politics.
This blog’s primary purpose is to inform you about my research, my thoughts and my experiences. If you know more about science than I do, please, feel free to comment, I’m always trying to improve. If you are starting out in science, or if research interests you, I hope you will find this blog informative. Do not hesitate to communicate with me.
Outside school, I also hold a few positions in political and civil organizations. Among those, I am currently Regional male spokesperson for the provincial party Québec solidaire for the Laval region. I ran as provincial candidate in the 2012 and 2014 elections. I am also a member of the New Democratic Party of Canada. I am also involved in the student movement. After being its Vice President, I currently hold the positions of President of the Macdonald Campus Graduate Students’ Society (MCGSS) and member of the External Affairs Committee of the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) of McGill University. Among the positions that I held in the past, I was Commissioner for Agriculture and Rurality and a member of the Political Commission of Québec solidaire, Vice President Finance of the Macdonald Campus Students’ Society (MCSS) and Officer for Internal Affairs within the Association générale étudiante du Cégep du Vieux Montréal (AGECVM).
If you wish to access the photos on this blog in high resolution, most can be found on my flickr site.
You can contact me on social media or by email.
Twitter – @Nicolas_CLaunay
Facebook – www.facebook.com/NChatelLaunay