When did you know you wanted to get a career in marine biology?
My 1st year in college I attended a panel discussion about different jobs in the biology field which was my major. One of the panelists was from the New England Aquarium and I was completely fascinated. My 2nd year of college I got a paid internship at the New England Aquarium and fell in love. When I started working there I had no doubt that I wanted to pursue aquatic animal care as a career.
What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I was a Senior Aquarist/Dive Safety Officer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Before I left there to come to Ripley’s I cared for a majority of the animals for their Blacktip Reef exhibit and was helping to build it.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
That is a really hard question because there are so many animals the I like for so many reasons. My top 3 are: the female sawfish, the longnose hawkfish, and Spot, the green sea turtle.
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I like working in an aquarium because I love working with the animals. They keep you on your toes and you are constantly learning from them and about them. The best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada specifically is the enthusiasm that the staff have to not only provide the best care to the animals but to share their passion for these animals so that we can inspire our guests.
Any other fun facts about you?
I grew up in Rochester, NY and used to visit Toronto a lot growing up. It is really cool to be living and working here now. I also got SCUBA certified in 1999 when I was 18. My parents will tell you it was one of the best investments they made because there has not been a year of my life since that I have not used it!