Chelsie joined the Ocean Learning Partnership as Manager of Field Programs and Outreach in 2013. The ocean has always fascinated Chelsie. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at Dalhousie University, learned to scuba dive, completed a research internship with University of Victoria, and then pursued her Masters in Marine Science at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she studied fjord habitats and effectiveness of marine protected areas.
Following completion of her studies, she expanded her knowledge, field experience, and project management skills through her work with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Stantec Consulting, and the Census of Marine Life. Most enjoyable for her, however, were the opportunities to teach marine science through hands-on education programs at summer camps, museums, and during university field courses around the globe. She discovered experiential education in nature to be a powerful tool that had long-lasting positive impacts on students.
Today, Chelsie is based in St. John’s, NL where she manages the Coastal Explorers Field School, and is keen to see ocean education play a larger role in K-12 education in our province and across the country.