Ocean Week Canada 2022 Hangout Series
Ocean Week Canada 2022 Hangout Series
June 6th – 10th, 2022
Bill Halliday | Songs of the Arctic Ocean
June 6th @ 1:00pm eastern
William is a conservation scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. He lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, but also spends a lot of time in the western Canadian Arctic for his research. He studies whales, seals, and fish in the Canadian Arctic by listening to them underwater using underwater microphones (hydrophones). He is interested in how these Arctic marine animals react to changes being brought on by climate change, including the loss of sea ice and increased shipping in the Arctic. Before his current work on Arctic marine animals, William studied habitat selection and foraging behaviour of a variety of animals, including snakes, beetles, voles, and lemmings. For more info about his research, check out his website: wdhalliday.weebly.com
Kate Mussett | Indigenous Fisheries and Two Eyed Seeing
June 7th @ 1:00pm eastern
Kate is a Masters student at the new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries at the University of British Columbia in what is now known as Vancouver. She is currently working with colleagues and Coast Salish First Nations community partners on weaving Western science and Indigenous Knowledge in pursuit of healthier fish and water in British Columbia. Having been born and raised on the Atlantic Ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kate brings her passion and strong relationship with water to all that she does, and works towards decolonizing science in support of Indigenous Peoples and Knowledges. If she’s not in fresh or salty water, you can likely find her playing in the mountains across BC.
Neha Acharya-Patel | Seeing the Invisible
June 8th @ 1:00pm eastern
Neha Acharya-Patel is a passionate marine conservationist, scientist, and professional diver. She has participated in ocean science and diving expeditions around the world. Currently, she is doing research developing environmental DNA (eDNA) tests to assess the health of the oceans. eDNA refers to the tiny bits of animal and plant DNA that are floating around in the seawater. This DNA can answer important questions about marine ecosystems by allowing scientists to “see the invisible”. Today, the oceans are stressed; they are susceptible to warming, acidification, deoxygenation, and pollution. Developing innovative techniques like eDNA to assess marine health can help us make better informed decisions to protect our oceans. Visit Neha’s website to learn more and check out this cool video of her work!
Rochelle Strauss | The Global Ocean Book
June 10th @ 1:00pm eastern
Just like the beat of your heart keeps you alive, the circulating waters of Earth’s five oceans keep the planet flourishing. But did you know that these five oceans are actually one interconnected ocean? One global ocean that powers everything on Earth. In this much anticipated follow up to One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, Rochelle explores the enormous influence The Global Ocean has on the planet, as well as humans influence on the ocean. Offering fascinating information and real world stories of hope, Rochelle inspires readers to find their wave and create their own ripples of change that will help heal the global ocean and, ultimately, the planet.
Rochelle Strauss is an award-winning children’s author, educational consultant and freelance writer in Toronto, Canada. Through her work, Rochelle combines her love of nature and passion for storytelling to teach children about the wonders of the natural world. She prides herself in creating narratives and programs that inspire hearts and engage minds. Her goal is to change the world – one book at a time! You can follow Rochelle’s storytelling adventures on Instagram @rochellestraussauthor