2016 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship
University of Guelph
Marine & Freshwater Biology
Stephanie is in her final year studying for an MSc in Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree in Marine & Freshwater Biology. While studying, Stephanie worked as a teaching assistant and graduate support assistant and volunteered in the Hagen Aqualab. Her decision to follow a career path in marine conservation was settled when she joined a National Geographic Student Expedition, first to Ecuador and Galápagos Islands and then a tropical conservation trip to Bali.
I hope to be able to one day make some sort of change or difference in this world, no matter how big or small.
Stephanie believes in a healthy balance between her extra-curricular activities and her studies. She enjoys both digital and film photography and had the chance to learn hands-on techniques from National Geographic photographer Jeff Mauritzen in Galápagos Islands. She is also heavily involved in dog training and the world of dog sports with her golden retriever, Bell. In their first year of competing, they have earned 10 titles.
In Cayman, Stephanie has volunteered with Cayman Turtle Centre and the Department of Environment, assisting with coral reef surveys, reef clean-ups and learning more about animal husbandry. She also completed an internship with Dart, researching coastline developments and working with architects to source turtle-friendly lighting.
Stephanie is happiest working in the field doing conservation-based research. Her dream job would be working for the National Geographic, where she could combine her academic and research interests in marine biology with her extra-curricular interests in photography.