Outreach & Training

Storytelling & Public Talks

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Photo by Josh Nychuk

“I want a dodo for a pet” – Science Slam Vancouver at the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Conference (APR, 2018)

“Animal genitalia”Science Slam Vancouver at the Beatty Biodiversity Museum (FEB, 2018)

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

“Your hypothesis isn’t always right…and that’s ok” (Video Link) – 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)

Invited Panels and Workshops

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Member of plenary panel on “Engaging New Audiences” at EarthxOceans in Dallas, Texas (APR, 2018)

Member of panel on “Alternative Science Communication Careers” at the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Conference (APR, 2018)

Led two workshops on “Communicating Risk in Science” for 75 biologists from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment (MAR, 2018)

Co-led webinar for BC Association of Professional Biology – “Using Science Communications Principles to Improve Science Technical Writing and Visualization” (NOV, 2017)

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

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


Mentor – Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver (2018)

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

Science Communications Mentor – Mitacs Accelerate PhD student (2017)

Teaching & Education

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“Communicating science everywhere” – Science Venture Summer Camp at the University of Victoria (AUG, 2018)

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

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

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

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

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


Committee Member – Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (2017 to 2018)

Judge – Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (2016 to 2018)

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

Judge – The Starfish Top 25 Canadian Environmentalists Under 25 (2015 to 2018)

Workshops & Short Courses Taken

scicommcamp-4944SciCommCamp – 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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