Angela E. Gradish, MSc, PhD

I’ve always been a bit of a word nerd. I know most editors and writers say that, but I really mean it. As a kid, I loved to do grammar, spelling, and phonics workbooks for fun. Yes, instead of watching cartoons or playing games, I chose to learn grammar.


I haven’t changed much, but now I like to take editing quizzes online and listen to grammar-related podcasts in my spare time.

I also love learning, and I can’t seem to stop going to school. I completed my BSc in Zoology at Western University, and my MSc and PhD in Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph. More recently, I’ve completed several professional editing courses through Simon Fraser University.

I’ve been studying or working as an entomologist at the University of Guelph for the past 14 years. My research background is varied: Using bumble bees, butterflies, and agricultural pest insects as models, I’ve studied pesticide toxicology, integrated pest management, insect behaviour, population genetics, phylogeography, and ecology. I’m first or co-author on 13 journal articles, and I’ve received the elusive “accept as is” peer review on 2 of my first-author articles.

As a graduate student and researcher, I have gained a lot of experience writing and editing. Because of my strong writing skills, I was promoted to de facto in-house (lab) editor and writing consultant. Through that role, I discovered that I’m passionate about helping people effectively communicate their science and achieve their writing goals. That realization led me to start March Hare Editing and Consulting so I can help even more people with their writing.

I currently volunteer as co-editor of the Entomological Society of Canada’s blog and co-coordinator of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph Twig of Editors Canada.

When I’m not editing or writing, you might find me drawing, screen printing, winning at Scrabble, or hiking with my dogs.

Why “March Hare”?

The name “March Hare” is a reference to my love of zoology and literature. In a zoological sense, the term March hare refers to the bizarre mating behaviour of the European hare (Lepus europaeus, aka brown hare). European hares are usually timid and nocturnal; however, during their breeding season, which starts around March, the hares wildly run, jump, and box with each other in broad daylight. Female hares spar with amorous males to tell males they’re not ready to mate or to test a male’s strength before deciding to mate with them. The European hare’s wild springtime behaviour gave rise to the English idiom “mad as a March hare” and inspired the famous tea party attendee in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, one of my favourite books.

Angela’s editing and feedback helped me greatly improve my grade on my paper. There is no faster or more precise copyeditor out there. Glen, undergraduate student