“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” – Jacques Cousteau
Norm Sloan was born and raised in Vancouver and spent his summers along the dry Douglas fir/Garry oak shores of the Salish Sea, where he committed to marine biology. After receiving his PhD from the University of London (UK) in 1977, he fulfilled a dream of experiencing tropical marine biology in the western Indian Ocean (Seychelles) and in the Atlantic (Bermuda). Norm has worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in BC as a shellfish researcher (his specialty is invertebrates), in the coastal forest industry, and as a private-sector consultant that included over two years on the Exxon Valdez oil spill and in coastal zone planning in Indonesia. According to Norm, his best gig was as Parks Canada marine ecologist for Gwaii Haanas National Park, National Marine Conservation Area and Haida Heritage Site from 1998 until he retired in 2015.
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