I have always been interested in ocean sciences. I grew up watching marine mammals off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I attended Camosun College and the University of Victoria, where I majored in biological sciences with an interest in food web ecology and predator/prey dynamics.
I began studying marine mammals just over 12 years ago, and created my own project to study the population of mammal hunting killer whales that frequent the waters of the Pacific Northwest. The project mapped out movements, occurrence, distribution, foraging and overall ecology of transient killer whales.
I also work as a research assistant at the University of Victoria in the Fisheries Ecology and Conservation lab, and taught ocean sciences at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield BC.
The last 17 years I have followed and studied marine mammals around the world. My work has led me to projects studying killer whales in British Columbia, Washington, Alaska, California, Australia, and recently South Africa.
I have also worked on cetacean research projects in Hawaii and as of recently mapping out the population and foraging dynamics of toothed cetaceans as the research project coordinator at Marine Life Studies in Monterey Bay, California.