Biology and Ocean Sciences Career Talk

When: September.11th, 2018
Where: The Landing (UC 3018)
Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Science alumni who studied biology or ocean science and are working in the industry will speak about the career paths they have pursued and how they navigated their job search with science backgrounds. 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.

This event provides a great opportunity for science students and graduates to build their network, learn what opportunities there are in the hidden job market and how to best market their skills to industry professionals.

Alumni Presenting on September.11th, 2018

Hilary Rockwood
Aquatic Science Biologist
Fisheries and Oceans

My name is Hilary Rockwood and I am a Master of Science, Biology graduate from MUN. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology that I obtained from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During my undergraduate degree, I studied abroad in Brisbane, Australia at The University of Queensland, where I gained practical experience through field courses and volunteering as a laboratory assistant in the Palaeontology and Biomechanics Laboratory. Upon my return to California, I took a field course that gave me the opportunity to design and execute an independent field project looking at predator-prey interactions between intertidal invertebrates. I was accepted to MUN in 2012, and in the summer of 2013 I joined the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at the Marine Institute as a research assistant. That fall, I began my Master's program under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Fisher and was recommended for the degree of Master of Science in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2016, I began work as an at-sea fisheries observer in British Columbia, and in the fall of 2016 I was offered casual employment as a technician with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I continued working as a technician until I was hired as a biologist in the summer of 2017. I am currently the supervisory biologist for a citizen science project called Citizen Cod which hires high school students to measure Atlantic cod caught in the recreational fishery in communities around the island.

Ben Whelan
Career Federal Civil Servant and Supervisor
National Fisheries Intelligence Service, DFO

Ben Whelan is a career federal civil servant and a Supervisor with the National Fisheries Intelligence Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He received his Bachelor, Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in the mid-1980s. He started his career in the Federal Public Service in 1988 as fishery officer in a small community on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. In the early 1990s, he moved to St. John’s to join the Offshore Detachment as a sea-going fishery officer, boarding and inspecting both foreign and domestic fishing fleets. During his time with the Offshore Detachment he took on several assignments, including one as an analyst in the fight against foreign overfishing, for which he received a merit award, along with several other commendations and awards. He was later promoted to Supervisor and managed several operational units within the Conservation and Protection Division and is now supervising the newly formed National Fisheries Intelligence Service in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a sworn peace officer, he has also represented Fisheries and Oceans Canada for over 25 years volunteering in the local community with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics, in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was also a board member on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador representing the LETR Provincial Committee.

Rebecca Newhook
Faculty of Science Co-Op Office

Rebecca Newhook from the Faculty of Science Co-op Office will talk about the kinds of work that co-op students have been involved in on their work terms and how students can apply to participate in the co-op program.

Kyle Ershler
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
School of Graduate Studies

Kyle is responsible for graduate prospect management, student recruitment, student statistical data, information sessions and webinars, and campus visits. He will discuss graduate and career opportunities for science students.


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