“If you think the ocean isn’t important, imagine Earth without it. Mars comes to mind. No ocean, no life support system. – Sylvia Earle
Kylee has had a long-standing love affair with the ocean and all of the small creatures in it. Though she grew up in the Prairies, she always knew her place was by the sea. Kylee has spent most of her time as a marine ecologist studying the less-charismatic microfauna (think snails, sea stars, and crabs). She spends much of her time underwater studying subtidal interactions from invasive seaweeds, to kelp communities, to coral reefs. Her current focus is on conservation ecology, conducting applied science to better understand the oceans around her and to hopefully provide tangible solutions to some of the issues facing the oceans. She loves engaging with people about the oceans through outreach presentations, teaching undergraduate courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and interacting with guests on Passing Cloud!