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Growing up by the coast, Yuko has developed a passion for marine ecology that was strengthened with her time volunteering at the Vancouver Aquarium. Graduated from UVic in 2018, she holds a BSc in marine biology with a minor in environmental studies. Her goal is to make traditional STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) schooling and careers more approachable for youths. Working with Seaquaria wraps her passion for marine sciences, education, and science communication all into one package!
Roleen is inspired by the natural world everyday! She has a keen interest in how experiential learning experiences can help foster a sense of stewardship in others. Her passion for environmental education was sparked while taking Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Since then she’s worked and volunteered in the realm of environmental communications, education and marine conservation. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors – surfing, snorkeling, hiking and tidepooling.
Kayla-Marie began volunteering with World Fisheries Trust (WFT) in 2018 and briefly worked as an Education and Outreach Officer through Canada Summer Jobs. Through volunteering and working with Seaquaria, Kayla-Marie developed a passion for marine ecology and science communication. She continues to help produce WFT’s “What the Fish” newsletter and hopes to participate in some hands on education activities in the near future. Kayla-Marie holds a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from UVic and plans to continue studying the interconnections between ocean health and human wellbeing in graduate school. Specifically she is interested in the effects of climate change on small-scale fisheries and the sustainability of value chains for coastal communities whose economic and social livelihoods heavily depends on aquatic resources.