What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph in Marine and Freshwater Biology. I also have completed a Master’s from the University of Toronto in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, focusing on Lake Trout otoliths. Before joining the Ripley’s team I was working as a research assistant at The Ohio State University.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
The Bicolour Goatfish is my favourite animal at the aquarium. They have barbels on their chin that they use to dig through the sand to find their food. They live in the Living Coral exhibit with many other beautiful aquatic animals.
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I like to enthusiastically talk about animals that live underwater, and here is a place that I can do that freely without getting funny looks. I also get to apply and expand my knowledge of aquatic animals and environments at a leisurely pace.
Any other fun facts about you?
Yes, I am this enthusiastic all the time.
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
Aquatic animals are fascinating, need I say more? There is still so much we do not know about our underwater friends and I would like to learn as much as I can about them.