Outreach & Training

Storytelling & Public Talks

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Photo by Josh Nychuk

“21 days of intense multi-tasking at the worst possible time” – Story at Story Collider event at SciCommCamp (NOV, 2016)

“Your hypothesis isn’t always right…and that’s ok” – Story at International Marine Conservation Congress (AUG, 2016)

“A nighttime snorkel with Stan” – Story at Rain City Chronicles’ The Life Aquatic Event (APR, 2015)

“Whale shark ecotourism” – Burke Mountain Naturalists (JAN, 2014)

“Whale shark provisioning in the central Philippines” – Nature Vancouver (JAN, 2013)

Talks in Schools

Josh Silberg pic“What is life like underwater?” – Brockton School Junior Kindergarten Class (APR, 2016)

“So you want to be a marine biologist?” – Vancouver School Board Grade 4/5 Mentorship Program (JAN, 2015)

“What’s a marine biologist anyway?” – Vancouver School Board Grade 5/6 Mentorship Program (APR, 2014)

“Whale shark population dynamics and conservation” – SFU REM 611 University Graduate-level course in Applied Community Ecology (NOV, 2012)

Teaching & Education

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Student workshop on “How to Talk to the Media Effectively” at the 37th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (August, 2017)

Co-led session on “Art and Media as a Tool for Science Storytelling” at the British Columbia Science Outreach Workshop (March, 2017)

Committee Member – Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (2017)

Judge – Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (2016, 2017)

Advisory Committee – Simon Fraser University Community Scholars Program (2017)

Judge – The Starfish Top 25 Canadian Environmentalists Under 25 (2015, 2016, 2017)

Designed education materials (Kindergarten-Grade 1, Grades 2-5) to accompany Shark Stanley children’s book (2015)

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning – Simon Fraser University (SEPT-DEC, 2014)

Teaching Assistant for Graduate-level course in Applied Population & Community Ecology – Simon Fraser University (2012)


Alumni Mentorship Program – School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University (2016 & 2017)

Mentor – Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver Speed Mentoring Event (NOV, 2017)

Science Communications Mentor – Mitacs Accelerate PhD student (2017)

Workshops & Short Courses Taken

scicommcamp-4944SciComm Camp – Malibu and Brandeis, CA (2015, 2016, 2017)

Sea Stories: Tales from the Sea Storytelling Workshop – IMCC, St. John’s, NFLD (AUG, 2016)

Interdisciplinary Conservation Education Short Course – NACCB, Missoula, MT (JUL, 2014)

Social Media Workshop – NACCB Missoula, MT (JUL, 2014)

Take Back the Wild Conservation Leadership Training – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (MAR, 2014)

Natural Capital Project Annual Meeting & Training – Palo Alto, CA (MAR, 2014)

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for Teaching & Learning –  Simon Fraser University (OCT, 2013)

Congress on Coastal Resilience & Risk – Renewable Natural Resource Foundation – Washington, DC (DEC, 2013)

MITACS Scientific & Technical Writing Skills Workshop – Simon Fraser University (OCT, 2013)


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