“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie, the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics.

About Only to be Understood:

This site is a place where we can explore the world together. There is so much to be understood and so much to discover. Being in community with people and discussing opinions and knowledge is the way that we learn and develop as humans. I have never had a completely novel thought. Everything we suggest, say or think stems from something – whether that be something someone told us or something we have seen. It is important to celebrate the knowledge of others and not to forget that it is ok to be wrong and to change our opinions when we are.

About Me:

There is so much to discover in this world, and so much to learn. We are constantly surrounded by negativity, from the news and even in our personal lives. It’s sometimes hard to notice and remember that there are lots of positive and exciting things happening and/or being discovered.

I’m Abbey and I’ve recently graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. I love to learn and share knowledge with others, and I hope to inspire that in my readers. I truly believe that it is our duty to protect this planet and to love others when doing so.

I also think that by understanding something, we are more likely to care about it – so I’ve translated that philosophy into this website. I hope it can be a source of joy and amazement for all wanting to understand a little more about this crazy planet we call home.

Contact Me:

Send me your comments or questions! and if you have the desire to contribute to this site please send me your ideas and information!


My Publications

Here are some of the articles I’ve written professionally:

The State of the Bay

How Road Salt Affects Our Ecosystems (Jan 2019)

The Ripple Effects of Climate Change (Dec 2018)

Nutrients Nearshore vs Offshore (Nov 2018)

The North Star

The Coastal Wetlands of Georgian Bay are being Threatened (June 2018)

The Food Web Connects us all  (June 2018)

The Queen’s Journal

The Psychology Behind Watching Reality TV (March 2018)

Rose McGowan isn’t the only advocate for ending sexual abuse (Feb 2018)

The Psychology Behind New Years Resolutions (Jan 2018)

The Psychology Behind First Impressions (Nov 2017)

The Psychology Behind Selfies (Nov 2017)

The Psychology Behind Being Friends with your Ex (Nov 2017)

Is Harvey Weinstein the Final Straw for Sexual Harassment? (Oct 2017)

The Psychology Behind Procrastination  (Oct 2017)

The Psychology Behind Friends with Benefits (Sept 2017)

Visualizing Success or Constructing Failure  (Sept 2017)

The Journal of Young Investigators

Using CRISPR to Fight ALS (April 2018)

Unravelling the Mechanisms of Schizophrenia (May 2017)