What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Prior to joining the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada team in September 2013, I was working as the Outreach Coordinator at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. In this position, I had the opportunity to work hands-on with a variety of different arctic and sub-arctic animals, as well as teach others about the vulnerable arctic ecosystem.

Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Most people are drawn to the larger animals at the Aquarium, such as the sharks and turtles. For me, I like the smaller creatures. You can usually spot me in awe of the 100+ species that call Rainbow Reef home. Amongst my favourites are the pajama cardinal fish and clown triggerfish.

Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Besides working with great people and some pretty amazing animals, my favourite part about working at the Aquarium is seeing the reactions on kids’ faces when they walk through the front doors for the first time. Priceless!

Any other fun facts about you?
In my free time, you can find my family and I outdoors. We love camping, hiking and fishing! I am also an avid scuba diver, and Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory, ON is one of my favourite diving destinations.

What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
I grew up on the shores of Lake Huron, and from a young age was drawn to the natural world, especially the water. As a young kid, you couldn’t get me back on to dry land. Pursuing a degree in Marine & Freshwater Biology, from the University of Guelph, seemed like a natural fit! With a young daughter of my own, I am passionate about teaching others to protect our natural world for future generations. Working in the field of environmental education allows me to combine both of my passions, and help build the connection between people and aquatic environments.