After two years of academic exploration, Gavin Schneider declared himself a student in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. He spent the Fall 2014 semester at the University of Oslo, where he learned more “Australian” than Norwegian. His mantra in life is to follow his curiosity. This has lead to interests that span atmospheric interactions, wetland ecosystems, and sustainable development. He also is content to discuss the consumption of insects, human evolution, extraterrestrial botany, Ukrainian dancing, and the great diversity of grass species across the province.
On campus, Gavin is involved extensively with the bicycle community. He is an executive of the Bike Root non-profit organization, as well as the president of Bike Share. On occasion, he can be found guiding a group of renegade students through the moonlit streets of Calgary.
While he wouldn’t declare himself a traditional farm-boy, he does use his two goats, Johnny and Cash, as leverage at his family's farm. He is inspired by the way the Southern Albertan sky meets the stars at night. The main themes of his poetry are the environment, human possibility, and subtleties of activism. "Astronaut Farmer" is his first published poem, which was inspired by people who examine life from the seat of a tractor.