Science Career Talk- June.28th, 2016

Science Career Talk
June.28th, 2016

During Science Career Talks, science alumni working in the industry speak to science students and graduates about the career paths they have pursued and how they have navigated their job search. Since many jobs are not publicly advertised, networking often plays a major role in how students and graduates find jobs and careers that fit their interests and values.

Jennifer Strickland
Environmental Scientist
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Bachelor of Science (Major: Biology/ Minor: Psychology)
Bachelor’s Degree, Marine Biology and Biological OceanographyAdvanced Diploma, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Marine Institute

Jennifer was born and raised in St. John’s. She was selected for the Marine Institute International Internship and worked doing aquaculture research in Bodø, Norway 2005-2006. Jennifer was previously an Environmental Scientist for Engineering and an Environment Consultant with SNC Lavalin Inc. for 5 years; she focused on Environmental Assessment, Environmental Site Assessments, Risk assessment, Socio-cultural studies and Environmental Effects monitoring.

She is currently employed as an Environmental Scientist since 2011 with the Provincial Department of Environment and Conservation (Pollution Prevention Division, Impacted Sites Management Section). Her main duties include review of Human Health and Ecological risk assessment, remediation projects, project management of all site types (industrial, commercial, residential, private and government owned sites), management of consultant contracts and proposals, etc.

Her most recent unique project was Impacted Sites Liability Assessment Program (ISLAP) whereby her section took responsibility for assessing and determining potential environmental liability estimates for all provincially-owned impacted sites (group was nominated for Public Service Award in 2015 for this work). Jennifer enjoys having an important role in the management of NL environmental issues that allow her to make use of her previous academic experience and where she is constantly learning new things and dealing with unique issues! She endeavours to make sure that environmental issues are integrated with efficient governance of our province.
She is hopefuly that one day she will pursue her masters or doctoral program……TBD……

Viviana Ramirez-Luna
Dillon Consulting
Bachelor Degree (Biology)
Masters (Environmental Science)

Viviana is a Biologist and Environmental Scientist and her passions are Small Scale Fisheries and stakeholder engagement. She started her career as a consultant in 2015 with Dillon Consulting Limited in St. John's. Her tasks have been related to power plants, hydroelectric power generation, forestry, water treatment plants, sanitary sampling, marine oil spills, and active transportation systems.

Previously, as a NGO researcher, she was involved several projects that allowed her to learn about the past and present of fishing communities on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Projects involved fisheries assessments, traditional knowledge, and mapping of fishing grounds used by both male and female fish harvesters. Some projects also involved collecting and preserving biological samples.

Colleen Soulliere
Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning
Government of Newfoundland and LabradorBachelor of Science, Honours, Biological Science
Master of Science, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

Colleen is a Professional research ecologist with a strong aptitude for management of personnel and resources. She is experienced in producing results for governmental, non-profit and private organizations within multi-stakeholder initiatives. Colleen previously worked as a Senior Biologist, (Caribou Strategy) with Government of Newfoundland and an Ecosystem Management Ecologist. She also held various science related positions as a student at Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as other companies that hire for science backgrounds.

Specialties:research design, research management, field research, research interpretation, writing, coordinating, budgeting, liaison


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