Our People

In addition to our permanent staff, we hire seasonal interpretive staff for the Public Aquarium every summer.


Duncan McIlroyProf. Duncan McIlroy

  • Email: dmcilroy@mun.ca
  • Responsible for: partnerships, academic teaching and research initiatives

Christa-Lee Whelan

Christa-Lee Whelan

  • Email: bonnebaymanager@mun.ca
  • Responsible for: all aspects of the operations of the residence and public aquarium

AdministratorJocelyn Payne

Jocelyn Payne

Student Residence Coordinator


  • Email:
  • Responsible for: all aspects of the operation of the student residence

Please note that our residence is not available to the general public.

Buildings Maintenance

Dennis Buildings Maintenance Person

Dennis Rumbolt

  • Responsible for: all repairs and maintenance year-round at Bonne Bay Marine Station and Public Aquarium


Clara Rideout


Kim Shears

Founding Director (retired)

Dr Bob Hooper (founder)

Dr. Bob Hooper


Bonne Bay Marine Station and Aquarium

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000