Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.
While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
This week: Becoming an Ocean Explorer
Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, Marine Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dr. Cherisse Du Preez is a marine biologist and deep-sea explorer with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). She currently studies newly discovered habitats in potential Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific Ocean, offshore of British Columbia. Using some of the world’s most technologically innovative oceanic ships and deep-sea submersibles, she collects videos and specimens to map the distribution of animals living far below the waves. Recent expedition highlights include exploring never before seen submarine volcanic mountains off Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, monitoring the Deep Horizon Oil Spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, filming and writing for Blue Planet II, exploring the deep waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest, and documenting the South Pacific hydrothermal vents threatened by deep-sea mining.
Cherisse graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a PhD in biology. She has since completed a post-doctoral research position at Pennsylvania State University and an NSERC visiting fellowship at DFO.
Come and hear Cherisse talk to us about how she came to be the ocean explorer she is today, and issues she faced along the way!
March 30 - Dr. Greg Mitchell
April 6 - Dr. Kim Matheson
April 13 - Medical Curiosity
April 20 - Kat Kavanagh
April 27 - Sebastian Hadjiantoniou