Raised on a forested acreage on Hornby Island, B.C., Simon developed a strong connection to the ecology of the west coast from a young age. At age 17 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in advertising, while attending interdisciplinary classes at Hunter College. After 5 years in NYC Simon moved to an off-grid boat access property on Vargas Island, where he developed the idea for an ecological field station in Clayoquot Sound. Refining this idea became the focus of his education at Quest University Canada, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science in 2017.
Zephyr holds an undergraduate honours degree in Biology and Aquatic Resources from St. F.X. University. From 2011-2016, she and her partner served as Station Coordinators for Salmon Coast Field Station in the Broughton Archipelago of BC. Zephyr feels strongly about conducting high quality science to facilitate better management of coastal ecosystems, and about helping connect people to these amazing places. She is excited to continue supporting research and education as a board member of Cedar Coast Field Station.
Born in Kingston Ontario Dave earned a Bsc in geology and engineering from UBC. He worked in geological exploration of northern Canada before returning to school and earning an MD from McMaster with a residency at Dalhousie. Dave’s first full time practise was in Tofino, which led to a consuming interest in the ocean and involvement in commercial fishing. He continued the practice of medicine and commercial fishing operations concurrently until 2010, before retiring on Vargas Island with his wife, Una. Together they have two children, a grandson and a dog.
Colin has a strong interest in understanding human relationships with the natural world, through research, teaching, documenting, exploring, and communicating. He has studied coastal ecology from the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Bay of Fundy. Primarily, he researches the causes and consequences of anthropogenic impacts on marine biodiversity. He has biology degrees from Simon Fraser University (B.Sc. 1996), the University of New Brunswick (M.Sc., 2002), and the University of British Columbia (Ph.D., 2007).
Julia completed her undergraduate degree at Quest University in Squamish, BC where she focused her studies on ocean conservation, marine resource management, and the benefits of small scale community projects. She has gained much of her hospitality and adventure tourism experience through her work as an assistant hotel manager and guide both in the Canadian Arctic and Antarctic. You’ll often find Julia gardening, playing the fiddle, and spending time in the intertidal zone with squishy marine invertebrates!
Mack was raised in West Vancouver, BC and spent most of his time growing up playing in tidal pools and glacial streams throughout BC. He completed a biology degree at Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Toronto. Mack has been working in fisheries, and community based conservation and management on both the East and West Coast of Canada. He brings his love of all things wild, photography, cooking and foraging to the Cedar Coast team.
Dorianna holds an Undergraduate Degree in Education (UBC) and Geography (Concordia) and a Graduate Diploma in Critical Literacy and Emerging Technology (SFU). Dorianna is currently a Land Based Educator in the Gulf Islands School District where she focuses on youth empowerment and emergent curriculum through land based education at Saltpsring Island Middle School. As a land based educator Dorianna works hard to follow protocol and maintain a respectful relationship with the land, recognizing and honoring that, as settlers, we are on unceded territory. At home, on Saltpsring Island, Dorianna enjoys harvesting, learning new things, drawing stick men and playing her ukulele among many other pursuits. Dorianna is excited to bring her enthusiasm, passions and love for the land to Cedar Coast Team.
Ahousaht First Nation
In recognition that we are located in the traditional and unceded territory of the Ahousaht First Nation, the CCFS has reserved a place on its board for a member of the Ahousaht Nation.
“To preserve ecological health through place-based research and education that celebrates the cultural and biological diversity of Clayoquot Sound”