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Laura Temple

Laura Temple, BA (MUN), MES (DAL)

Assistant Program Coordinator, Newfoundland and Labrador Whale Release and Stranding Group

Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geography in 2005, focusing on resource management and environmental issues. It was through working on this degree that she became interested in environmental education. Upon graduation, Laura began a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she completed a thesis on the role of film in environmental education.

While working on her Masters degree, Laura had numerous opportunities to build on her skills in environmental education, including as a teaching assistant for a first year course in environmental management as well as a third year class in nature conservation. She then moved on to become a sessional teacher for a first year Human Geography class at Dalhousie.
After finishing her Master’s degree in Halifax, she returned home to St. John’s and worked a short contract with the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre, creating a climate change education program for elementary students.

Currently Laura is enjoying an exciting new job with the Whale Release and Stranding Group. Her daily work includes both office and field work, from completing whale-related research, to coordinating a response to whale stranding and entanglement incidents. She also leads workshops on proper techniques of releasing stranded whales and some day may even help cut entangled whales free from nets! Laura is also a volunteer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE) and the Global Education Initiative (GEI) based at Memorial University.