What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Before joining the aquarium, I was a student at the University of Toronto where I majored in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. I am from Toronto and remember being so excited to hear rumours of the aquarium that was going to be built downtown, so I consider myself very lucky to be an Educator here.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
My favourite animal at the aquarium is the wolf eel. They are not true eels, just an eel-like fish that form monogamous pairs. I love to look out for the pair we have in the Kelp Forest exhibit swimming around, their appearance is definitely unique but adorable!
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
The best part about working at the aquarium is being surrounded by such diverse species at all times, and knowing what a privilege it is to work with these animals from all over the planet. I am grateful for the aquarium’s resources that allow me to constantly learn more about marine biology and share what I have learned with our guests.
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
I remember becoming extremely interested in conservation biology when I was a teenager, after watching the documentary Sharkwater. Since then, I have been motivated to learn more about abundant and endangered species around the world. Global biodiversity levels are threatened by virtually every industry, so I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about conservation issues.