When did you know you wanted a career in marine biology?
I’ve always wanted to work in ocean sciences, especially those concerning marine animals. Over the years, it oscillated between marine biology and oceanography, but one way or another that’s been my goal since I was very young. In fact, in my kindergarten yearbook, among all of the future firefighters and astronauts, there I was, saying that when I grow up I wanted to be a marine biologist. Three-year-old Hannah would be so proud of me.

Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Ask anyone I work with (and many who I don’t) and they can answer this for you – the lobsters! They’re super cool animals, and really fun to watch. Be sure to check them out when you go through the Canadian Waters gallery!

Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
One of my favourite things about working here is that I’m able to educate our guests about the interesting creatures that live in our waters. It feels good knowing guests leave with some new information, and hopefully new enthusiasm and respect for our animals. And, of course, it’s fantastic to get to work so closely with so many different marine critters. Not just anyone can say that swimming in a school of fish, feeding a shark, and hanging out with an eel are all in a day’s work.