What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
On any given day you could find me combing the intertidal pools along the shoreline looking for hidden critters out on the west coast.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Ripley’s Aquarium is home to many different animals but one of my favourite are the wolf eels (a.k.a. the grumpy old blind men). Although they are intimidating in appearance, they are known to be curious and friendly (they will even ‘beg’ for back rubs from the divers).
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
At Ripley’s Aquarium I get the chance to talk with visitors and share these unique animals. I especially enjoy listening to guests relate their stories and past experiences of them.
Any other fun facts about you?
Outside of the Aquarium, I spend most of the summer swimming and canoeing Ontario’s waterways, and winters find me on the ski hills (fall and spring is for Netflix).
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
Living on the west coast gave me the opportunity to appreciate marine life in their natural habitat. This eventually led me to pursue a marine biology degree and, afterwards, a teaching degree. Since then, I have been exploring a career in environmental education.