I started my post-secondary educational journey at Fleming College in the School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences where I received an Ecosystem Management Technician diploma. Through this program I studied ecosystem composition, holistic restoration, Indigenous and environmental law, and monitored aquatic and terrestrial habitats using field research and various Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques. My research focused on benthic macroinvertebrates and invasive terrestrial plant species.Upon moving to the west coast of Canada, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Marine Biology concentration at the University of Victoria. During my undergrad, I was introduced to the fascinating world of the deep-sea and completed my honours project on the distribution and substrate preferences of deepsea sole found on Northeast Pacific seamounts. I am an avid teacher and love to share my passion for oceanic life with all audiences.