From: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Education/Background: BSc in Marine & Freshwater Biology from the University of Guelph in Guelph, ON (2019). Aquatic Science Technician with Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada (2019 & 2020).
Reasons for coming: I've always wanted to work with sharks in a hands-on setting, to whatever extent I could find. My fascination with sharks and their kin is most prominent in the contexts of evolution, ecology, and animal behaviour. Most of my childhood & adolescence was spent next to the Great Lakes, where I grew an appreciation to forests and aquatic ecosystems. With my upbringing and passion for aquatic life, I pursued an education through the University of Guelph in the Marine & Freshwater Biology program. Upon completion, I worked seasonal positions with the Sea Lamprey Control Program for the Canadian federal government. Despite an active and fulfilling work environment in nature, I knew I needed to expand my experience should I ever want to achieve a career involving the interaction of sharks or other marine megafauna. Thus, the Bimini Biological Field Station piqued my interest. With most of my skills consisting of freshwater environments & wildlife, becoming an intern at the BBFS would be an immense step forward in testing my skills in an unfamiliar environment, while also learning, first-hand, new skills regarding methodologies in shark science. I knew my time and experience at the BBFS would be beneficial towards my goals, either through pursuing higher education or careers in the field of marine biology. It's an immense bonus to know this experience would also hone my interpersonal skills and allow me to grow relationships with like-minded, passionate individuals in this incredible field.