Biology Career Talk- August.9th, 2017

Biology Career Talk-August.9th, 2017


Sarah Penney-Belbin, M.Sc.
Biologist, LGL Limited
Bachelor of Science B.Sc. (Honours)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Sarah obtained her B.Sc. (Honours) from MUN, including attendance at both the Sir Wilfred Grenfell (Corner Brook) and St. John’s campuses. She then completed her M.Sc. at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Sarah maintained a variety of part-time positions throughout these periods, including as a cashier at Shopper’s Drug Mart, supplemental instructor for introductory chemistry at Grenfell, assistant at the restoration lab in MUN’s library, teaching assistant for introductory biology and ecology at Dalhousie, and assistant for the late Dr. Robert Ackman of Dalhousie. After finishing her Master’s degree, Sarah gained full-time employment in 2010 as a biologist for LGL Limited, a Canadian-based international environmental consulting company, where she’s worked ever since. She has volunteered with Nature NL since 2012 and for a variety of individual events, such as the MUN biology open houses, OSC science and MUN biology graduate seminar series, Rubber Duck Race, and local charity walks.

Erin Stapleton
Principal, Stapleton Environmental Consulting
Biology Honours program
Master of Environmental Design (Planning)

Erin has worked for some of Canada’s most reputable environmental consulting firms where her clients included major players in the natural gas, electric utility and mining sectors. Her past projects include natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas projects, electric transmission lines, power plants, onshore wind farms, marine terminals and mine expansions, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. In March of this year, Erin decided to become an independent environmental consultant and is currently working on initiatives related to developing offshore wind energy in Atlantic Canada. She has Master of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from Memorial University. She is a Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and a certified Environmental Professional (EP) in Natural Resource Management. She is a mentor with WISE-NL and is a member of the Sector Development Committee with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA). She holds memberships in NEIA, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE), and the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA).

Kimberly Keats
Ecosystems Biologist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Master of Science, Environmental Science
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Biology

Kim is a Biologist in the Fisheries Protection Program, Ecosystems Management Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has a diverse background and work history, with experience in government, academia, industry, and not-for-profit sectors. She holds an Interdisciplinary B.Sc. in Environmental Science/Biology from Mount Allison University as well as a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Memorial University, and is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Biology, also at Memorial University. She has been involved in a number of research programs in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. Kim has served on the Board of Directors of several professional organizations, including the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, as well as the Biology Graduate Student Association and Graduate Students’ Union of Memorial University, and has volunteered with many others. She currently serves on the City of St. John’s Environmental Advisory Committee and as a mentor with Women in Science & Engineering NL.

Rebecca Newhook
Faculty of Science Co-Op Office

Did you know there is a co-op program available for biology majors? Students accepted to the biology co-operative education program complete three full-time, paid work terms as part of their program of study. 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!


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