Mark Hecht

I have a great love of the natural world, a spiritual spine, a desire for reason in an illogical world of human emotion and I really like islands.

I’ve written some things and still write things: books and stuff. Politics is a game I like to play. I harbour a quiet talent for healing people of their ailments through herbs and the silent ways. And I like to get my pants dirty, especially if it pays the bills

The most satisfying moments in life are spent among endearing friendships in short bursts.

Born 1970, Vernon, BC, Canada – Gemini.

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Born to an English mother and a German father, Mark and his brother spent their youth partially on the west coast but mostly in the Okanagan Valley.

From the University of Victoria he received a Bachelor or Arts in Geography and from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree in City Planning.

After his formal education he worked briefly as a city planning consultant before shifting gears and moving into the environmental field, predominantly with The Nature Trust of BC. His time in the bush among accomplished biologists, ecologists, native elders and others of great wisdom, left a deep and lasting impression on him that often informed his later writing.

In his mid-thirties he left the idyllic resort town of Penticton and moved to the city of Calgary where he began teaching geography at Mount Royal University.

Teaching of undergraduate geography courses including biogeography, urban geography, a seminar in Sustainable Development, and field research into plant ecology, earned him the MRU “Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Soil research, Okanagan 2017

He’s been published in various magazines but also authored chapters in the award winning Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction.

His book, The Rules of Invasion – a biogeographical account of the similarities between ‘invasions’ in human societies and the natural world – was launched in 2016.

In 2020, he returned to Vancouver Island where he rediscovered a sense of community, became involved in politics and entered a greater depth in his writing.

He also has a passion for standing up to the big guys that pick on the little guys. He lives in paradise under some rather large trees and did he mention, he really likes islands?