I have been a teaching assistant for courses such as Techniques in Ecology and Evolution (writing intensive), and Scientific Diving. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for Animal Structure and Function, taught by Dr. Rich Palmer, which is part of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre 2020 Fall Program. I have also assisted many university field courses by aiding students in writing research proposals for data collection in the field, as well as teaching students boating and dive skills, marine boating safety, and techniques of animal collection and care.
MARINE SCIENCE EDUCATION: 2016-2018
While working as a Marine Science Educator and Scientific Diver at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, I educated students as the BMSC Live Dive Program Naturalist. Through advanced remote video technology, high school and university classes were able to interact with two tethered divers as we gave underwater, curriculum-based lessons on various marine topics, answering questions from on-site and distance classrooms in real time. By bridging the gap between the classroom and the ocean, I hope to catalyze the desire in younger generations to preserve and protect the marine ecosystems that we as humans are so tightly linked to.
I aim to engage the public by sharing my research on sea cucumbers in exciting and absorbable forms whenever possible. This has included livestream teachings with question-answer periods, as well as classroom "visits" to local schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.