Who are we?

Meet Our Team

Joachim (Yogi) Carolsfeld

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Carolsfeld is originally from a small coastal town in BC, Canada. He obtained his PhD working with fish pheromones and reproduction, completed a Masters in invertebrate neurophysiology and an Honours in marine biology. His extensive experience includes working with fisheries, aquaculture, environmental surveys, boat mechanics, and SCUBA instruction. For the last decade, he has devoted his time to blending his diverse technical expertise with social sciences to design and implement multidisciplinary and multistakeholder projects that foster environmental conservation blended with equitable sustainable resource-based livelihoods. He has been Executive Director at WFT since mid-2006.

Catherine Carolsfeld

CO-FOUNDER OF SEAQUARIA OCEAN EDUCATION

Cathy grew up in a small town in Ontario’s Banana Belt. Since then, she has lived, dived, studied, researched and taught biology from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and other parts of the world. From the get go, Cathy’s research interests were piqued by marine invertebrates. She has pursued her B.Sc., Honours and M.Sc. degrees at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Victoria. Her combination of academic and practical knowledge about local and global marine environments, firm belief in the power of partnerships and love of teaching is the backbone of her work. Over the past 40 years, Cathy co-founded and continues to oversee WestWind SeaLab Supplies, Canada’s longest-lived supplier of living marine organisms; and the Seaquaria Ocean Education programs. WestWind still provides the marine life to ensure that students of all ages can experience the magic of creatures as teachers, and Cathy applies her expertise to support the growing needs of the Seaquaria Ocean Education network.

Jillian Martin

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Jillian grew up in Ontario, where she spent her summers splashing in lakes. She was 24 when she first encountered the Pacific Ocean and it was love at first sight. After graduating from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. in Environmental Studies, she decided to make the move to the West Coast in 2016. Happiest with the sun on her face and her feet in the water, Jillian strongly believes in the value of place-based environmental education and feels extremely lucky to have as beautiful a place as Victoria to draw lessons from. Through Seaquaria Ocean Education she aims to develop children’s knowledge of marine ecology, and inspire a sense of wonder and respect for the incredible environment of the Pacific Ocean.

Heather Wright

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION OFFICER

Heather has lived in the Victoria area of Vancouver Island her entire life and grew up with a love of all the wild places the Island has to offer! She spent two Co-op terms with us through the Environmental Technology program at Camosun and fully joined the World Fisheries Trust team in June of 2018. Her time is split between our Seaquaria Ocean Education initiative and our domestic research projects monitoring the Olympia oyster population in the Gorge Waterway and assessing Cutthroat trout stocks in the Colquitz – Craigflower watersheds.

Olga Damio

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

My bio will be up soon!

Maia Carolsfeld

COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Maia grew up on the west coast of Canada, and loved each and every opportunity for travel. Travelling to many countries in both Europe and Asia, Maia has developed a passion for communication and has long been interested in protecting the natural beauty still left in the world. She holds a BA in Chinese Language and Culture from UBC, and has spent two years teaching ESL to children in South Korea. Now she is working on getting her MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh while working with the amazing team at WFT!

Kayla-Marie Kulczycki

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH OFFICER

My name is Kayla-Marie and I am currently working as an Environmental Education and Outreach Officer with World Fisheries Trust. I was born and raised on the west coast of Canada, specifically around the Salish Sea, and cannot imagine living away from the ocean. This June, I will be receiving my BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. I am passionate about environmental conservation and am keen to share knowledge about our oceans and planet with the public this summer. My top five favorite types of marine invertebrates are oysters, sea cucumbers, scallops, octopuses, and nudibranchs!

Yuko Lin

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT

Yuko grew up in Vancouver before moving to Victoria to attend UVic. She holds a BSc in marine biology and a minor in environmental studies and has decided to pursue a career in education. Her goal is to make traditional STEM schooling and careers more approachable for students who may struggle with related courses in school. Working with World Fisheries Trust wraps her passion for marine sciences and education all into one package!

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