Dive into the captivating world of conservation with the Young WaveMaker Webinars hosted by Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Designed to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation leaders, these webinars bring together passionate individuals, innovative research, and the vibrant stories of our land and sea. Ideal for those eager to learn more about our natural surroundings, the webinars emphasize scientific exchange, community engagement, and the importance of stewardship. Join us and be a part of the next wave of conservation leaders.
Meet the Speaker– Emily Bjornsgard
Emily Bjornsgard (she/her) is the Lead Aquarist at the MaST Center Aquarium in Des Moines, Washington. She is a graduate of Western Washington University (BS Biology, Marine Emphasis, 2020) and of Oregon Coast Community College (Aquarium Science Certificate, 2021). During her time in Oregon, she also worked in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center and volunteered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. As MaST’s Lead Aquarist, Emily is responsible for the aquarium’s live animal exhibits, including the health of the animals and the functionality of the aquarium’s life support, which displays approximately 250 Salish Sea species.
About the Project:
The marine ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest is home to thousands of amazing species, from sponges to seals! However, unless you are a frequent visitor to the intertidal zone or a diver, there are very limited options to see and interact with these animals directly. Aquarium staff throughout the Pacific Northwest work diligently to care for these incredible creatures, so that everyone can take a glimpse into their world.
While speaker Emily Bjornsgard was studying at the Oregon Coast Community College in the Aquarium Science Program, she spent most of her free time on the beaches photographing the coastal marine environment. She now blends this experience with the Aquarium Science exhibit design training to create and care for intriguing displays as the Lead Aquarist of the MaST Center Aquarium, Highline College’s marine lab and aquarium in Des Moines, Washington. In this talk, she will discuss design concepts that contribute to impactful aquarium exhibits, and also some photography tips that you can take with you on your next aquarium or beach trip!
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